RHYTHM: Heart-in-Mouth Disease – Luke 6:43-45

Luke 6Saturday before the 3rd Sunday in Lent: Luke 6:43-45

Reading: Luke 6:43-45

Heart-in-Mouth Disease

It should be obvious to us, but somehow it’s not. What kind of fruit does your life bear?

The tree analogy in Luke 6:43-45 is beautiful in its simplicity. If the tree is healthy, the fruit is good. If the tree isn’t, it ain’t. Nobody ever had to wonder if an apple was rotten. But Jesus takes the duh-factor a layer deeper. “Also, you can’t get figs from thorns.” And you probably won’t get great legal advice in a drive-thru. Or very likely find a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk at a hardware store.

Jesus isn’t trying to be cute; he’s trying to point out that we’re often trying to live as if somehow those things aren’t true. We claim the label “Christian,” but in so many ways our lives deny that claim. The way we treat others. The way we think. The way we speak. That last line about “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” is particularly damning. We can claim we’re living transformed lives, but we’re giving ourselves away with every word that comes out of our mouths.

For reflection:

Judging only on what you actually talk about most, what must others think you’re passionate about? Not just people you know—focus on the strangers you encountered in the past week. What do they see in you?

If you need to change your heart’s focus, what first steps do you need to take?

 

 

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