When my wife and I bought our first home in Phoenix, Arizona, one of the selling points that convinced us was the enormous citrus tree in the back yard. Out of our back window was a panoramic view of lush greens which contrasted the desert brown. In the middle of it all was a radiant grapefruit tree, clothed in gold and orange. I would often stare at the tree wondering how such a large juicy fruit could grow in such an arid environment? The breathtaking beauty of color was accompanied by an aroma of grapefruit. Then there was the taste. Words cannot express the incredible taste of a grapefruit picked fresh off of the tree.
In all of the different seasons that I lived in the desert, I never questioned whether the tree in my yard was a grapefruit tree. I was certain of it. The proof of the trees identity was displayed in its fruit. It looked like grapefruit, smelled like grapefruit and most importantly, tasted like grapefruit. It was undeniably a grapefruit tree. Have you ever wondered, ‘Am I really saved?’ Have you ever had a doubt that your salvation is genuine? There is a sure fire way to have the greatest assurance and confidence in your condition. You can be certain of your salvation by examining the fruit of your life. In warning believers not to follow false prophets, the Word tells us that you can easily identify the “saved” by examining their fruit. Lets look at Matthew 7:15-17:
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”
Here we see that a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. In other words, people who haven’t been born again cannot produce fruit in accordance with the born again life!
What are the fruits that Christians should have?
Galatians 5:22-23 lists them for us: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
The same passage also describes the type of fruit that grows in the life of unbelievers. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).
How can we rest in assurance of our salvation? It is as simple as being a fruit inspector. Take a good look at your life. Are you growing into a person that displays the fruit of the spirit, or do you display the fruit of the flesh? You don’t have to wonder if you are really saved. You simply need to take an honest look at your fruit. The proof is in the fruit!
When we expected company in Arizona, I would often pick the fruit and place it in a bowl on my table. I would display the lush produce of my garden for others to marvel over. Our guests would see the fruit, smell the aroma and ultimately taste its goodness. God is pruning you so that He can show off His goodness to those who have not yet tasted to see just how pleasing His Kingdom is.
Are you saved? Are you sure? The proof is in your fruit.
You can further examine your fruit using the tools below:
Your salvation rests on the Word of God (John 1:12), the witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16), keeping God’s Word (I John 2:5), walking like Jesus Christ (I John 2:6), not loving the world (I John 2:15), purification (I John 3:3), love for the brethren (I John 3:14), true love (I John 3:18-19), answered prayer (I John 3:22), overcoming the world (I John 5:4).