“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”(Matthew 7:15)
The difference between a good tree and a bad one is not in its shape, size, age or colour. Rather, it is in the nature of the fruits it produces. A tree may appear very nice on the outside but if it bears rotten fruits, it is a rotten tree.
It is not a secret today there are many fake men and women of God claiming to be sent from God but are not. Jesus warns us because of the damage that false prophets can produce. Be careful. If it is too good to be true, then it is probably not true.
It is easy to pretend, it is easy to deceive others; it is easy to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing but then, no matter how much we pretend to be who we are not, our fruits will eventually sell us out.
As Jesus told the Samaritan woman: “The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him.” (John 4:23).
In today’s first reading, Abram is in conversation with God. When God told him to look at the stars and consider their number as his descendants, Abram believed it completely. His faith in God was credited to him as righteousness. We may pretend about everything else but we can never pretend about our beliefs. In truth, what we believe determine the kind of fruits that we bear.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, free me from self-deception and pretence. Amen.
Bible Study: Genesis 15:1-12.17-18, Psalm 105 and Matthew 7:15-20).