Read Romans 6:12-23
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” (v. 22).
“And now . . .” What a blessed contrast! Because He came to me and died on Calvary, my whole life has been changed. No longer am I a slave to sin! And because of that change the fruit of my life has changed! No longer do I bear the fruit of bitterness, conflict, and impurity. Instead, I bear the fruit of forgiveness, peace, and genuineness. How can this be?
A few years ago, while we lived in Ukraine, a friend brought us some of the largest and sweetest grapes I had ever seen. They were the fruit of his own harvest, so I immediately asked him if he could help me grow such luscious fruit. He soon brought me a young vine with a sheet of directions for planting. The first thing he required was that I dig a hole one meter deep by one meter wide. When I had removed all the old soil, I was to plant that little vine in a carefully prepared mixture of compost and sand. Even if I had a new vine, the fruit would be determined by the soil it grew in.
The Christian life requires a radical change. I can be assured of everlasting life only when I have allowed God to change the soil in which my life grows. If you allow your life to grow in natural soil, the result will be inferior fruit! (Gordon Snider)

The Christian life requires a radical change.

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