John’s message continued and the people reacted.
“‘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.’” Luke 3:10-14
We are to produce fruit that is in line with repentance. John was telling them that while repentance takes a moment; it gets lived out in a lifetime. Salvation is not a one and done kind of event that gets marked on a calendar to look back and remember, but rather the beginning of a life that gets marked by behavior the world does not readily understand.
Well, what does that look like?
Coming to God, living for Him, showing the fruit of that relationship is an everyday, moment by moment, second on top of second, all-consuming kind of life. It isn’t about a Sunday morning go to church, or in the case of the Jewish people, Saturday morning go to synagogue, kind of existence. The life of the believer isn’t segmented or cubby holed into portions. A relationship with God is an everyday, every way, every moment life. It is lived out, not lived with.
Share what you have, be it your clothes or your food. Don’t cheat, extort, or make threats. Live contented lives. Kindness, generosity, integrity, truthfulness, joyfulness, would be marks in the life of the true believer.
What a message. Their lives were to reflect God. Their lives were to be examples. They had purpose, not just days filled with living, but living filled with God.