“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”
Matthew 7:15-17 (NKJV)
It’s Sunday morning! Time to get your praise and worship on, and receive teaching from that ordained man or woman in the pulpit. But wait, are they ordained? Are we truly praising and worshiping God, or are we just jig-a-boos? We have this holy facade that we are Christian, but on the inside we are black, ugly, and even more messed up because we listen to so-called preachers who feed our flesh instead of our spirits.
Jesus said you will know them by their fruit. It’s time we start using that spiritual gift of discernment because there are too many ravenous wolves out here, especially in the church. We can’t afford to listen to everyone who waves a Bible in the air. Not everyone is here to spread the gospel. Don’t decide to go to church because someone on Instagram misquoted a verse from Proverbs you thought was about the ideal woman, when in reality, it was talking about obtaining wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 3:13-18). That is not God’s priority to get you a husband or a wife. Jesus came and died for your sins so that you could be saved, not married. He even said, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels of God in heaven (Matthew 22:30). So let’s live like the angels now, focused on worshiping God and God alone, and not distracted because we’re worried about pleasing our mates. Paul says we’re better off single anyway (1 Corinthians 7:8).
It’s time to realize that church is not about you feeling good, your ego being stroked, or your actions being justified. It’s not about you at all. You are nothing compared to God and His Word. The Bible says, “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flowers fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:6-8).