“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit."
- Luke 6:43
In our constantly connected society, all of us have the opportunity to engage in conversations every minute of the day and night. Distance no longer matter. As long as you have a computer or mobile device and access to the internet, you are set. Years ago, I remember having a conversation with a friend and former coworker about being connected to her device seven days a week. My friend is the ultimate perfectionist and completely relies on her devices to function on a daily basis. I asked her if she could enjoy herself on a Caribbean island for a week without any devices and without connectivity to the internet. The look in her eyes showed complete apprehension at the thought of existing without being connected. She finally admitted that she could not make it. I just shook my head in amazement!
My friend isn’t the only one addicted to being continually connected. Most of society falls into that category. While connected, each of us has the opportunity to participate in endless conversations. When you think about the conversations in which you participate, you may have encountered statements like, “I’ll pay you when I see you”, or “I’ll take care of it for you” or “Take a chance. I promise it will work for you”. If these statements have not been part of your conversation, I’m sure there are many similar ones that apply. You see, all of these statements are commitments or more specifically, promises. People make promises every day without thinking about whether they can keep the promise. So my question is, how do you know whether to believe the person issuing the promise? How do you know whether to hold out for the fulfillment of that promise or chalk it up to casual conversation?
The Bible addresses this issue with a simple revelation. You can know them and their promises based on their fruit. In other words, look at their track record to get an idea of whether they follow through on commitments. Are they the type of person who never commits to anything? Does their record show a lack of commitment to any cause? If so, be cautious about believing their promise. On the hand, are they know for reliably following up once they have made a commitment? Do they seem to put good thought into an opportunity before making commitments? If so, your chances are better that they will come through.
Remember, promises are only important if a person keeps them. Therefore, make it a point this week to consider your conversations. Ensure you assess the commitments presented to you.