Form or Substance

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15-20 ESV

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Ever wonder why a package is larger than the item inside?

We recently purchased an item from my favorite online store. When the box arrived, I questioned whether it was for me. I didn’t recall ordering anything that large. Upon opening the box, I recognized the item. My new computer mouse. The item was less than 10% the size of the box!

Previously with one of my former employers, I recall arguing who to hire as our new receptionist. The owner wanted the young, very attractive lady who modeled on the side. I wanted the excellent communicator who had a history of getting things done in a timely manner. I lost the battle, but eventually won the war when he discovered she couldn’t spell correctly and kept transferring the phone calls incorrectly. We eventually hired the person who had more substance than form.

Likewise, we notice in the political arena how politicians emphasize all show, but fall far short from deliverables. Again, more form than substance.

Chapter two of the 2nd Book of Peter highlights how Christians can determine false teachers from authentic Christ-followers. We will know them by their fruit. The emphasis is on character. In this case, form takes a second seat to substance.

Therefore, don’t get over excited by the package. First recognize what is inside. If the heart, mind, and soul shouts with godly character, than accept the substance with the form. Otherwise, beware.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Founder & Executive Director
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
* Great Business Emulates a Good God
* Be Radical…Follow Christ!
* Simply The Messenger
* Unequally Married

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