“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? (Matthew 7:16).
It’s strange. Though I have no knowledge of or interest in the field of botany, I can readily identify any number of species of trees—apple, peach, plum, orange, pear, etc. This is possible not because they speak their identity or that they are gathered in recognizable orchards but, rather, it is because of the fruit they bear. As a professing follower of Christ I find myself contemplating, if you took away the profession of my lips and my gathering with the saints on Sunday, would the untrained and disinterested be able to identify me as a Christian? It is fruit-bearing and not religious platitudes that tell the true story of who and what we are.