Got any fruit? Christian, your life should be bearing righteous fruit.
Said differently, your life should bear fruit unto holiness. Why is that? It’s because of who you belong to and where you live.
For me, the Promised Land is a type of the Abundant Life that Jesus Christ gives to those He has delivered from sin to salvation.
As number 292 in the Church Hymnal says,
“I am living now in Canaan,
Where the fruit so richly grows;
Where the saints are all rejoicing,
Where the milk and honey flows.”
The eternal life that started when I was born again is totally different from the walking dead existence I had before that marvelous transferrence. It has a qualitative difference, having passed from Egypt to Canaan, from death into eternal life. It is indeed a land flowing with the spiritual richness of milk and honey.
How did I get here?
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” (Titus 3:5). I did not receive the gift of salvation because I was worthy, but because Jesus Christ is absolutely righteous.
He is holy, and as the Lamb of God without spot or blemish, He is my perfect sacrifice. As the Great High Priest, He is holy and without sin. I thank God that He had mercy on you and me. He is the only way possible for anyone to be reconciled with God.
Likewise, Israel did not attain their Promised Land because of their holiness but because of His holiness. See Deuteronomy 9:4-6. Canaan was not a reward for their goodness. The Promised Land possession is not about their righteousness. It was all about God’s holiness.
I have been delivered into this abundant life, not because I was worthy, but because Christ is holy!
In light of His tender mercies, I want to be holy like Him.
I see holiness throughout the Bible. After all, it is known as the Holy Bible. It contains the Holy Scriptures. They are written by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 6:20-22 tells the story.
“For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”
Got any fruit? What does the fruit of your life look like now? Are you bearing the fruit that leads to sanctification?