06
Mar
14

What You Put In Is What You Get Out

A computer cannot spontaneously produce information.  It must be programmed.  One puts data into the computer and tells it what to do with the data and the computer will then produce the calculated results.  For example, I am typing this morning’s devotion on a computer.  I type in the words that I want it to record and through a series of calculations and processes that I do not understand, little words appear on my computer screen.  The words that appear on the screen are not appearing on their own.  I am, through some kind of electronic wizardry, putting them there.
In a strange way, Jesus says that this is how we work.  He says that good fruit comes from fruit trees.  From bad trees come bad fruit.  Good trees, on the other hand, produce good fruit.  It’s what you put in the ground that determines the outcome.  If you plant a thornbush, you should not expect to be picking figs.  The “fruit” of our lives is produced in our hearts.  Our hearts are filled with the things that we put into them.  Just as a computer cannot spontaneously produce data, so too our lives cannot spontaneously produce evil.  This is why we sing the children’s song, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see…”  What you put into your heart via your eyes will come out of your mouth and will be the fruit you produce in your life.  If you fill your eyes with violence, you might become a more violent, less patient person.  If you fill your eyes with sexual imagery, you might become a more lustful person. If you fill your ears with anger and hate, you might become a bitter, angry person.
We’ve got to put a filter on our hearts and that starts will putting a filter on our eyes and our ears.  Be careful with your heart.  It’s the only one you’ve got.  Jesus can transform it by His grace, but old habits and bad fruit are hard to overcome.  It’s better to never start in the first place than to have to try and quit down the road.

Luke 6:43-45 (NIV)

A Tree and Its Fruit

43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

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