The Portia Spider
The Portia spider from Australia is quite an interesting character. He has six eyes in the top of his head giving him 360 vision – a great advantage over other spider species. Additionally he is an adept deceiver. He masterfully mimics the sound and motion of caught prey in the webs of other spiders. Deceived into thinking dinner is on the table, the gullible spider advances and becomes dinner for the crafty Portia.
It is good for us to remember about a foe of ours who acts similarly to this spider. The devil has supernatural vision and masterfully uses mimicry and deception hoping we will be fooled until it is too late. 2 Corinthians 11:14 reminds us: “For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” Paul is talking about false apostles and deceitful workers who look quite good at first glance.
While we shouldn’t be overly suspicious of other Christians, it is wise for us not to jump on every bandwagon until we see the kind of fruit produced. Paul tells us regarding servants of Satan; “It is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.“ (Verse 15)
Yes, it’s good to know that in the end the truth prevails and the true colors show. Just be careful. You don’t want to have already been devoured by the time you find that out.