The courage for fruit-bearing
Luke 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.”
It takes courage to change and begin to do things not only differently but positively different, to make an impact and to influence.
It takes courage to bear fruit in ways you haven’t before.
To do good.
To speak well.
To be gracious.
In fact John will take the people into some behavioural practices that they can implement showing signs of such ‘fruit’.
It takes courage not to use people or your experience or heritage to make you better than you really are. Abraham was indeed the Father but they were not to hide behind him. It takes courage knowing no one or nothing can help you to avoid the fruitful repentant life.
It takes courage not to be another statistic of being given the chance to be all you can be but missing it. It takes courage not to allow other sons and daughters of God to be born to take your place that you will not occupy.