Matthew 12: 33-37 either you do good in the world or bad
Such harsh words from Jesus – calling the religious leaders “Brood of vipers!” Reminding them of what kind of people there are in the world. And this is true: if we are good we bear good fruit, if we are evil we bear bad fruit. For when we are angry, hurt, greedy, negative we are spreading that to those around us. This is an important warning.
Remember when you were children and your parents would say “you are what you eat” or “actions speak louder than words.” Both are true. We get from the world what we put into it. Jesus reminds us that we have a choice about what kind of fruit we bear in this world. But also reminds us that we will be judged for who we are and are actions; are fruit will be judged.
Every year farmers go to fairs across the US and show off their prize crops; they are not he ugliest of the them, but the closest to perfect. There are always flaws as each creation is unique and yet the blue ribbon best is displayed for all to see. God knows that not every piece of your crop will be perfect and certainly there will be seasons in which your fruit might spoil quickly but Jesus here calls us to produce good fruit. To not be like this brood of vipers only sending out bad into the world but to strive every day for good.