If I said, “This is a toad,” you would question my judgment, perhaps even my sanity! You may even argue, “That’s not a toad, it’s a cat.” If I asked you how you knew it was a cat, you might stare at me in wonder; but to humor me, you might say, “It’s furry – toads do not have fur. It’s cute – toads are not cute. (Opinion statement!) “Look at it licking its fur. Toads catch flies with their tongues.”
So you judge a creature by its looks and actions.
Are we wrong to do the same with Christians? What does a Christian look like? If we had a lineup like the police do and only one person was a professing Christian, how would you pick him out of the lineup?
- I would like to think that his countenance would speak loudly: a smile, a look in the eye that seems to say, “The Spirit of God dwells within.”
- His outward appearance. Ours is the only century in which this is a difficulty. Think back to Bible times. Picture a Christian and picture a Roman. Picture a Hebrew and picture an Egyptian. There were not just cultural differences, there were serious modesty differences as well. Think to the 17th or 18th century. Would you see a Christian dressed in a revealing, immodest garment? If so, she would have been called a harlot.
- Could we tell by his speech? Would there be a difference?
Is it a toad or a cat? Is a Christian just an inner change, or does having the Spirit of the True and Living God dwelling within make a difference on the outside as well? Just something to think about; but remember, the world is dying to see something real in a Christian’s life! “ If you want to make a difference, you gotta be different.”
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1Sa 16:7