Have you ever been taken, cheated, deceived? Having wisdom can help us avoid being deceived. It usually takes about seven years before a date palm starts producing fruit when planted by seed, and only about 50% of the seeds will produce a female tree which can produce fruit. Not only that, but if you don’t know the difference between palm trees, how would you know if yours will grow dates and not areca nuts? So just because someone claims a palm tree will produce dates, it is best to see some evidence before buying the tree or the land it is on.
The principle holds true with people as well. People may say they are one thing or another, and some will be whatever is needed or popular at the time instead of being authentic.
“For every tree is known by his own fruit.” —Luke 6:44
“…it’s what you do that defines you.” –Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins
“Yea, a man may say, ‘Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” —James 2:18
Although we are not saved from the penalty of sin by the things we do or do not do, but rather by what Jesus did for us, if we say we believe in and are followers of Jesus but don’t do what He said, where is the proof that we are actually His followers? Many have been hurt or deceived by people or organizations claiming to be Christian. While we are not to live lives of paranoia and suspicion, we are instructed to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16).