Bible Study Devotional – Day 128 – Commentary Luke 3:10-14 – What fruit do we produce in keeping with repentance?

“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely – be content with your pay.”

 

I don’t think of myself as being greedy until I clean out my closet. I eat too much food, so some of my clothes don’t fit. For sure, I have more clothes than I need. We have more than 20 screwdrivers in the screwdriver drawer in our tool chest. How many screwdrivers do we need? So, I repent because I am greedy, but what good does it do to repent for being greedy if I keep buying more stuff and if I don’t share the stuff that I’ve overbought with others? (If you need a screwdriver, I’ll send you one!)

 

John the Baptist said we should produce fruit in keeping with repentance. The crowd doesn’t understand, so they ask, “What should we do?” John knows that most of us are greedy, so he tells the crowd they should share with someone who has nothing. Tax collectors in his day, collected more money than required for extra income, so he tells them to repent and stop that practice. Soldiers in his day falsely accused people of crimes and then required money to set them free. John is telling them to stop extorting money and falsely accusing people. He’s telling all of us to be content with the pay we earn and not to sin for extra money. When we stop doing what we are repenting for and give to others, we are producing the fruit of repentance.

 

Lord, I’m sorry I’m greedy. Help me consume only the food my body requires. Let me always think about whether I need what I’m buying. Help me share with others.

Bible Study Devotional – Day 128 – Commentary Luke 3:10-14 – What fruit do we produce in keeping with repentance?

2 thoughts on “Bible Study Devotional – Day 128 – Commentary Luke 3:10-14 – What fruit do we produce in keeping with repentance?

  1. When someone is cheating someone else and taking something that is not theirs for their own benefit, I feel that it is greed. It is hard for me to think of greed as, I ate a second helping of mashed potatoes when I was already full. Or I have too many screwdrivers. Maybe you have lots of screwdrivers because you couldn’t find one when you needed it and you bought another. If you have too many, take the duplicates to Salvation Army. I see greed as something evil. So, maybe I don’t think about that in the right way? I know that there is a huge difference between a want and a need. I don’t think that it is a sin to want something. I think that it can become a sin if someones wants are getting them into financial trouble or they never share with anyone. I have a huge closet and it is filled with lots of clothes. I certainly don’t need all those clothes. Now that I am retired and I don’t need to dress for work I have been trying to go through the closet and give some of my clothes to others that need it more than I do. Is that my fruit of repentance?

    1. I’m not sure what the boundaries of greed are. This particular passage states that if we are not happy with our income and try to get more in a way that harms another, we are greedy and if we are unwilling to share with others, we are greedy. There are people that have hundreds of pairs of shoes. Are they being greedy if they can afford it and if they are sharing with others? I don’t know. Are people that live in a 10,000 sq. ft. house being greedy if they can afford it? I don’t know the answer. But it is great that you are sharing your clothes with others. I think John the Baptist was trying to tell us that giving is a fruit of repentance no matter what we are repenting for. I could be wrong about that too. Perhaps it is only a fruit of repentance if we are repenting for being greedy??????

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