Friday, April 3, 2009

By their fruits...

"You cannot follow Jesus and remain the same. The journey itself will change you forever-not only your priorities but your passions. It alters not only your direction but your desires. It transforms not only your actions but your values. It makes you just like Christ and unlike anyone else. It is nothing less than leaving the fake for the real. There is great risk in abandoning the artificial in pursuit of the authentic. Yet if we've never known the real thing, it's easy to understand why we are mesmerized with the best versions of the imitations."

Erwin Raphael McManus - Stand Against the Wind

"Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."

Matthew 7:17-20


Brian said...

Well said! Erwin McManus has a way with words, doesn't he?

Stephen Miller said...

Yeah. This is one of those "short but sweet" books. Just started it, and this was in the second chapter. Very good.