Now we come to something very important. We should want to produce “good fruit” and store up treasure in heaven, but just doing good things is not enough. Going through the motions to do good things because they seem right, or because someone told us to do them, or to impress someone, or for any reason other than what God explained really does no good at all. And what did God say? That is another question someone asked Yeshua. He answered it this way:
But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment, And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40 NKJV)
Love, then, should be our motivation – love of God, and love of other people. The Apostle Paul said as much when he wrote, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Galatians 5:14 NKJV) But then we come to another question: What is love?
If we are to take Yeshua at His word, then His expectations of us to produce “good fruit” means that somehow we are to store up treasures in heaven rather than on earth. But what does that mean? Obviously it means making God our priority in life, or at least starting by placing Him higher on our priority list. That’s what relationship with Him is all about. Yeshua can help us understand this. Once a young man came to ask Him about that very subject. He wanted to know how he could “inherit eternal life”. Here is what Yeshua told him:
Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:21-22 NKJV)
What kind of good fruit does Yeshua expect His followers to produce? The kind that produces lasting change for good. That’s what He meant when He said we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16).
Would it make any difference in how we live our lives if we are about to go through the end of the world? Some people would call the end of the world the Great Tribulation. In truth, the Tribulation is not really the “end of the world”, but it is the end of this particular time period. The Bible explains that the world continues after that, but with Yeshua ruling it directly from Jerusalem. (If you would like to know a little more about that, check out the post, “Give Me A Place Where I May Dwell”.)