In the 1990’s, according to United Press International, a 9-year old girl was raised by pigs in the Chinese province of Liaoning. The girl had been suckled and raised from infancy by a peasant family’s pigs because her disable parents couldn’t care for her. Like a Chinese version of “Believe It or Not,” the report indicated that the severely deprived child is now being taught to abandon pig like behavior in favor of acting human. Her counselors said that the child had learned to crawl like a pig and imitate other piggish actions. She displayed fluctuating emotions and tended to want to live in solitude.
My brethren, whether you believe this or not, there is something much worse than a 9-year-old child who behaves like a pig. It’s a child of God who thinks and acts like an unsaved person. The apostle Paul pleaded with his brothers and sisters in Christ in Thessalonica to remember that they were not like the Gentiles around them who didn’t know the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:5). He urged them to avoid all sexual uncleanness (1 Thessalonians 4:3-6), and to remember that they were possessors of the Holy Spirit, who had called them to serve and please the Lord in the high calling of His love, joy and peace (1 Thessalonians 4:7-8).
I submit to you that there is a great disparity between the life of Christ and the lives of many who bear His name. In fact, many believers are even imitating the world instead of trying to live like Jesus. The question remains, “Are you one of them”?
Mark, a believer in Christ, while walking down the street in Dallas, Texas, was reminded how a person’s behavior can distort the message of the gospel and cause an unbelieving world to be confused. You see, Mark met a man who asked him what he had to show for his life. When Mark referred to his confidence in the Son of God, for his salvation, the man became very excited. He said he also knew Christ as His Savior and quoted some Bible verses about eternal life. However, as they parted, the man reminded Mark to preach the Word. But Mark had a problem accepting this man’s admonition, for he was very drunk. With slurred speech, several times he bounced “Praise the Lord!” off the concrete around them, drawing stares from passersby. His inebriated condition shouted a loud protest to the sober truths that echoes through the streets. As Mark walked away, he was struck with the stark reality of how Christian credibility is lost when our behavior reveals that we are controlled by sinful desires rather than the Holy Spirit.
The apostle Paul said to the Corinthians, “We are ambassadors for Christ”. As such, we have a responsibility to “walk properly toward those who are outside” the faith (1 Thessalonians 4:12). As followers of Jesus Christ, we represent God wherever we are, and in whatever we do. On the job, at work, in the neighborhood, on the softball team, or on the highway, we are His representatives. It is a great privilege to be identified with Christ, and a greater obligation to live up to His name! So, my brethren, does your life reveal to others that you know Jesus Christ, as your Savior?
Lord, help us to represent You faithfully in every area of our lives.
Wherever I am, whatever I do,
O God, please help me to live;
In a way that makes me credible
As Your representative and Ambassador.
Those who are born of God should develop a likeness to their Father.