DAY 174 OF 365 IN 2021
Matthew 7:15,16 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
“What you see, is what you get”: this is often the motto of people who say their lives are an open book. One can read to know all that is required. Today on the other hand, we read about the reverse ‘what you see shrouds what really is’. We read about wolves in sheep’s clothing. The intention is simple: to gain unlimited access to the flock.
But to attain this, one must belong to the flock. So what if one wants access but has no resemblance to the flock? Not in attitude, value systems , culture or the most obvious, in physical appearance. What does one do? The best way is to don a cloak of pretence: to put on sheep’s clothing while possessing the values, traits and inner features of a wolf.
Yet the question beckons: for how long can one keep up appearances?
- Sheep bleat, and wolves howl,
- Sheep are herbivores, while wolves are carnivores,
- Sheep graze, wolves hunt;
These very distinct differences, among many, throw more light on the words of Jesus ‘by their fruits you shall know them. The ravenous appetite and predator-instinct of a wolf does not get entirely depleted regardless of their length of stay in sheep’s clothing, for it is only an exterior covering. Unless the change is inside-out, a wolf in sheep’s clothing remains a wolf.
The only full proof way of telling what we are is therefore by our fruits, the exterior evidence of who and what we carry within.