As I was sitting in church this morning, an older lady came walking down the aisle. She was wearing a nice looking black sweater. On the front of this sweater was a design of some sort that was very colorful. The colors were sparkly and bright; they swirled around and caught your eye. This article of clothing really caught the light and stood out, but looked nice. My first thought upon seeing this lady was that her bright eye catching sweater made me smile (guess you had to have been there). My second thought was that this is what Christ is like. But wait…a second analogy came to mind, a much truer one.
This lady’s attractive, bright, light giving clothing draws your eye right away as it is cheerful, bright, colorful, and pleasant to look at. Now let us look at the devil. Huh?
Bear with me here for a moment or two.
In this world are many, many things that look good, but are not. These are the things of Satan. For instance, lets say that you are suffering through a very difficult marriage. Now a another man or woman might look very good to you, because that person is providing to you comfort and a sympathetic ear, but this is a trap the evil one will use to destroy a marriage. How about some of the entertainment on TV and cable etc? Looks innocent enough right? There is plenty in this area that is anything but innocent. You become what you choose to receive into yourself. Just because it looks good, does not mean it is good.
Now I’m sure this lady in church this morning loves the Lord, and it was only a sweater. But I just can’t help but think that the enemies’ best weapons against us look good! Satan will take sin, and wrap it in an attractive exterior to get us to taste and see…but inside the package is only destruction and death.
This where we need to have discernment! We need to be able to see a rotten apple for what it is…rotten! But the enemy can make that apple look new and fresh, hiding the rot so that we don’t even see it is there…until it is to late and we have already eaten it. Matthew 7:15-18 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Learn to look past the exterior of people and things, look at the interior! What are the defining characteristics of that person or thing? Is it or him/her positive, or negative? What is that person’s life about? Is this thing you are interested in lined up with the Word of God, or does it stand in opposition to the Word? Will what you are contemplating help your walk with the Lord, or harm it?
Learn to discern = living a contented and satisfying life in Christ. It’s not always easy and we all make mistakes. That is why we all need to have close fellowship, not friendship (which is good!) but fellowship. From fellowship with someone, we can partake of good Godly advice and discernment from someone else’s eyes.
How does the fruit in your bowl look today?