God's Word calls for a response. The call to repentance should lead to a new life. When people asked John what they should do, he told them to be generous, be honest and be content.
What difference does our faith in Jesus and response to God's Word make in our lives? If we are just like everyone else, something is wrong. Jesus tells us to love others because He loves us, forgive others as He forgives us, to serve others as He gave His life in service for us. John's instructions are be generous, honest and content. If we try to follow Jesus' example and try to do what John says with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will not be perfect. But we will be different because we follow Jesus.