Bible Verse

“Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.” — Matthew 7:17-20

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

Many people are quick to tell everyone they are Christian. Fewer people live a Christian life.  Some of the Christian Lessons take both courage and discipline to follow.  Challenging times test true Christians.  When you are attacked verbally by an enemy, your response identifies how committed you are to Christianity.  Sacrificing your financial security to help needy people without taking credit in public is very challenging.   Maintaining a confidential relationship with God and being accountable to God is how you prove yourself as a strong Christian. 

Jesus defined the requirements to prove yourself to God during the Sermon on the Mount.  Not only are you to help the needy and love your enemy, but you are also to deliver good works without publically taking credit.  The concept of working to help others was a challenge.  Then when I considered helping others without taking credit it was much more challenging.

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

You must accept the concept that you will work to help everyone, and you are not boasting about it to those around you.   

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

Working to help others and not taking credit for that help was difficult for me when I was younger. What people thought about me was important.  However, I learned the concept of working to benefit the team when I played football.  I had a strong feeling not to take credit for anything I did on the football field, but to work hard to benefit the team.  I was amazed at how much my play improved and how much the other players respected me.  I learned that I did not need to make my contributions public. 

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

2 replies on “Christian Bible Lesson 17: Prove yourself by what you do, not what you say”

  1. Great reminder! Especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season when we try to help those in need. Do we help others to get recognition, or “Brownie Points”, or do we help just because there is a need? Here’s a good saying: “All eyes on Jesus.”

    1. Great point. We should always be clear about our motives. “All eyes on Jesus” says it all.

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