Many of the warnings Jesus gave were to those who were arrogantly confident about what they perceived as their religious security. John the Baptist, who announced Jesus, confronted the spiritual hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Their proud reliance on their position and practices overshadowed the fact that their hearts were spiritually dry and unwilling to change. It is important for us to assess whether any of the same attitudes and misconceptions are influencing us. Jesus then calls us to live by conviction and bear good fruit, not intimidated by the fact that we will face opposition, but stirred that we can share the hope that is in Him.