Matthew 7: 15-20 True and False Prophets
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 thorn bushes, 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. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (Bible Gateway – NIV)
As we go through life, it’s easy to become complacent or satisfied with where we’re at in our walk with God and the gifts that He has given us. We allow our “radar” to become a little rusty and begin seeing things through clouded vision/judgement. Though we never want to be judgmental or critical of others, it’s important that we learn to discern – not only the fruit that others bear but our own fruit as well.
The old saying, “If it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,” is a funny but true reminder of what the Scripture says in Matthew 7:15-20. Learning to recognize the true character of a person is done by examining the fruit that they bear. If the fruit is rotten, the teaching and the ministry of that person will be also. If the fruit is good and lines up with the Word of God, the teaching and the ministry of that person will be trustworthy.
I encourage you today, start first with your own fruit. Examine yourself to be certain that you are bearing good fruit that brings honor and glory to God. Then ask God to give you wisdom to discern the fruit of others.