BY THEIR FRUITS

November 20, 2019

A few day’s ago I asked my daughter, Rachel, a question.  I figured she would probably know the answer since she is Catholic.  I asked her if she knew whether Mother Teresa had been declared a Saint yet?  That night, Rachel sent me an email article all about Mother Teresa. Yes, Mother Teresa had been canonized by Pope Francis in 2016.

I rarely think about Mother Teresa (Now St. Teresa of Calcutta) unless I also think about another celebrity who died six days before Mother Teresa.  This celebrity was Princess Diana of Wales.  Princess Diana died in a car wreck August 31, 1997, at 36 years of age.

I’ll never forget the first Sunday after Princess Diana’s death.  I was pastoring three churches around El Dorado, Arkansas.  At the first church service that day, a young lady named Candy was still crying over Princess Diana’s death. Princess Diana’s death is all people wanted to talk about before the service started that day.  As a matter of fact, that was the major news event on all the news media for a solid week.

Six day’s after Princess Diana’s death, the world got the news that Mother Teresa had died.

I remember saying to Sandra, “I wonder if there will be as much news coverage about Mother Teresa as there was about Princess Diana?”

Unfortunately, the answer was “No.”

That week about the deaths of those two famous celebrities still register in my mind today, all these many years later.

I’ve never cared about keeping up with the Royal Family, but Sandra does.  When I told Sandra what I was writing my blog post about today she said, “Well, I still keep up with Princess Diana’s sons.”  She said she had read just last week that each of the two boys gets a $15,000,000 per year allowance.

Sandra said Princess Diana had done a lot of important charitable work in her lifetime.  I told Sandra that was good to hear, because Jesus said, “To whom much is given, much is required.”  Luke 12:48.

So often, many rich people don’t use their resources to help people in need the way God wants.

There’s a great story in Luke 16 about a rich man who didn’t help out a beggar named Lazarus. Jesus was telling this story and doesn’t say it was a parable. I believe this event actually happened. Jesus knew Lazarus and the rich man. It’s a sad story because the rich man died and went to Hell for not helping Lazarus. Lazarus enjoyed eternity in the afterlife, but the rich man lived eternity in torment.  Matthew 7:20 says, “By their fruits you shall know them.”

Saint Teresa didn’t enjoy the luxuries of life like Princess Diana.  But Saint Teresa vowed to God a life of chastity and a life of service to the poorest of the poor.

I wish I could leave my children a multi-million dollar inheritance, but I can’t.  However, I pray that I am leaving them some life lessons about Jesus that will last them and their children throughout eternity.

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley