“Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.”
The crowds asked, “What should we do?”
John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” (Luke 3:8-11 NLT)
God’s people needed to hear a stern word. They thought they could take God’s salvation for granted. When they asked John what they should do to prove their faith, he gave them practical “do justice” and “love your neighbor” applications.