The Imposter…

I was very fortunate to be invited to the First day of the Test Match at Edgbaston on Friday to watch India play England. I confess I’m not a huge cricket fan but Test matches are special and there was a great atmosphere in the crowd. People had dressed up in all manner of outfits from minions to Disney characters.

We were seated quite high up on a balcony so had a really good view of the whole cricket pitch. When one of the Indian wickets fell the next player up for India entered the field. As he walked on, he hadn’t reached the wicket when he was suddenly surrounded by men in security vests and we realised that this man wasn’t one of the Indian team. He was an imposter.

He looked the real deal though even down to the cricket helmet, pads and bat. He had boldly strode onto the field (as bold as brass as my mum would say) as though he had ever right to be there. He really looked the part but he was an imposter.

Security in bottom corner leading him away

We can all easily be fooled by appearances but I’m sure if that man had actually faced one of the English fast bowlers, he would soon have been exposed as a fraud. Bowled out or more likely knocked out by a cricket ball coming at him at over 80 mph. His team mate I’m sure would also have easily spotted he was a fake and not part of the team.

The bible warns us about people and spirits that are not what they appear…false spirits, false teachers, false apostles, false prophets….Imposters and not the real deal.

We are to test all things and check the fruit. Jesus said:

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognise them.”
Matthew 7:15-20

5 thoughts on “The Imposter…

  1. You will know them by their fruit is such a favourite piece of scripture for me. It makes me think about whether or not fruit is visible in my own life.

    We shouldn’t be surprised, but we frequently are, when we find out people we have trusted do, or say, something rather removed from the bible.

    Yes, we need to stay alert.

    Andy B

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  2. As I thought of your post and that impostor who could have been seriously injured, I found myself asking how many impostors there are in my life, maybe even in church? How we need to be deep in His Word to train our eyes and spirit to be able to recognise such folk. Dear Father God guide us each day in your ways, Amen!

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  3. Wow! You painted such a clear picture of what took place and made a powerful connection to an important scriptural warning- “Test the spirits.: How grateful I am for the discernment the Holy Spirit provides!

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