“The mosquitoes are really huge up here,” one visitor complained to an employee at the station as he filled topped off the tank of his camper-covered truck.

“I also need some bug repellent that really works. Those pests are bigger than golf balls!”

“That so, aye?” the resident responded with a smile.

“Yeah. I got mosquito bites all over except where the water covered me when I took a shower last night! I’ve never seen such big ones.”

“Big mosquitoes, aye?  Aw, that’s nothing,” the resident commented. “One landed at the airport and the ground crew pumped her full of 25 gallons before they realized it wasn’t a plane.”

What a case of mistaken identity: It wasn’t a bird, a plane, but a mosquito!

Mistaken identity is not a new issue as Jesus explained regarding coming future times and trials, “At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.” [Matthew 24:24}

Jesus adds to this, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in wolves clothing, but inwardly, they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit, you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, 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. …thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” [Matthew 7:15-20]

We are not to judge, but we can assess people and ourselves in our righteous every day walk by spiritual fruit—and motivation. Are some doing things for others to glorify God or themselves? Are we or others genuinely following God or just putting on an act? Are our hearts and lives right with God?

Look to the Messiah in his words and his fruit of love, compassion and miracles.

Mistaken identity? Looking to the sky and the airport for an airborne bird, plane or a mosquito? Which one needs petro? That is the only genuine article.

Be genuine, full of joy and integrity and let the fruit in you grow.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including new release Bring on the Blessings of Baskets ~ Easy, Fast, Personalized and Outreach Ministry Gifts. Amazon . Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, www.button-to-god.com.]




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Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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