Well, today is Saint Patrick’s day. I must say, I am that person that goes all out most years. The leprechaun visits my classroom. We read books. We set traps. It is a day full of fun and excitement.
This year, I decided I would buy a special Saint Patrick’s day shirt. It was super cute. It had a leprechaun on it and was adorable. So, last night as I was getting my clothes ready for school, I noticed something. This adorable shirt I had purchased months ago was three sizes too big.
When I grabbed the shirt, it was hanging on a hanger that had my size on it. It never occurred to me to check the size on the hanger against the size on the shirt. No, I just looked at the hanger and went about my shopping.
Now, let’s be honest, a shirt that doesn’t fit isn’t a life-altering problem. I will simply give it to my mom. Being fooled by a mislabeled hanger is merely an inconvenience. On the other hand, there are things in our life, if mislabeled, that can be life-altering.
For example, many people today get in relationships of one type or another with someone else; it could be a friendship, a business deal, or even an intimate relationship. As they begin to forge this relationship, they get caught up in what someone says, how they look, or what they claim to be. Unfortunately, in many cases, like the hanger on my shirt, people misrepresent themselves. They claim to be something that they are not.
The Bible tells us, “By their fruit, you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?” Matthew 7:16 NIV
See, people usually put their best face forward when they want something from you. You rarely see the negative side of their business or their personality in the beginning. It isn’t until you look on the inside that you see the real person.
This brings me to a point. I heard an old adage once that said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” This is the case for the majority of all situations. If you go into a business deal with someone who has repeatedly failed, chances are they will lose your money too. If you date someone who has treated all the people before you poorly, you WILL NOT change them, you will just repeat a cycle someone else was lucky enough to escape.
See, a person’s fruit shows you who they are. That is why, as Christians, we have to be diligent to check a person’s actions (fruit) against the words they profess. See, anyone can claim to be a good businessman, a good friend, and even a good potential mate, but if their actions do not line up with their words, you will find yourself with a partnership that doesn’t work, just like my shirt.
So, the next time before you allow yourself to enter into any partnership, take a long hard look at the person’s fruit. Then, stop, pray, and ask God to give you discernment. Ask Him to show you if this is the right partnership for you.
See, our God is a gracious God. He will lead and guide you in all decisions if you allow Him to. It does not matter if it is a romantic relationship, a business venture, or a friendship; the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you onto the right path. ( Proverbs 3:6)
We come to you tonight and ask that you give us discernment in all areas of our life. We pray you guide our decisions and help us to see people for who they are. We pray we are not fooled by the people who wish to take advantage of us but instead lead them to the saving knowledge of You. We thank You for Your love, grace, mercy, and wisdom. Amen
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