Daniel 6:4, “… they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful”
Titus 2:12, “We should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age”
It is easy to see that we live “in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation” (Philippians 2:15). We are continually reminded that we live in a fallen world by our own sinful tendencies, by newspaper headlines and television news, which report crimes, and by a society that is growing accustomed to gross immorality. Take for example the young man who was being interviewed for a position in a small business firm. The applicant had a neat appearance and made a good impression on the owner. He had also prepared an excellent resume in which he listed, as references, his pastor, his Sunday school teacher, and a church deacon.
The owner of the business studied his resume for several minutes, and then said, “I appreciate these recommendations from your church friends. However, what I would really like is a word from someone who knows you on weekdays.” Unfortunately, in many instances you will find a noticeable contrast between the behavior of a believer in church and out in the world. Many times you wouldn’t be able to tell the believer from the unsaved of the world. The principles, which we hear being preached on Sunday morning, should be practiced throughout each day of the week. Would our church friends be shocked if they observed our actions and heard our speech at our job or in our home? As believers in Christ, our behavior each day should be reflected in:
(1) The way we dress and speak.
(2) Where we go.
(3) Our actions and thoughts.
(4) The way we care for ourselves and others, and
(5) The way we treat others.
Thus, we are to back up what we say about our Savior Jesus Christ with a lifestyle that is above reproach and one that cannot be condemned by the unsaved people we meet each day. Our lives are to be so exemplary that people around us are attracted to the truth about Christ. Our words and our way of living should exemplify the message of Christ. By our words and by our deeds, that is how we should live each day. A good Sunday Christian will also be a good weekday Christian.
So, what kind of testimony do you portray throughout the week? Is it a creditable testimony? Is it one that will bring honor and glorify to your Savior Jesus Christ? We are called to be people of integrity. We are to be upright and honest. We are to be marked by the qualities of gentleness, compassion, love, tenderheartedness, honorable conduct, good works, and courtesy. In obedience to our Lord, we must be willing to go against the flow of society and not be conformed to the mold of this world. As we follow Jesus, our motives, values, and habits are bound to be different from those who are not believers in Christ.
When you are marching to the beat of a different drummer, of course, you will be out of step with people around you. This takes conviction, courage, and commitment. I’m reminded of Daniel, as he was an ideal model in his relationship with both God and man. There was no double standard with him. His daily conduct was consistent with his spiritual values. His enemies tried to find some charge against him concerning the kingdom, but no fault could be found (Daniel 6:4). His walk before the world was in harmony with his walk with God. So, how are you doing?
(1) Are you only a Sunday Christian? or …
(2) Are you a Christian seven days a week?
The world is watching us – do they see Jesus?