In these days when everyone is so good at role-playing, it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the impostor and the real thing. Even within the church, some behave as if they can satisfy God by skillfully acting out the part of a Christian.
They are like the goat who wanted more than anything else in the world to be a lion. He told himself that if he could learn to walk like a lion, talk like a lion, and go where the lions go, he would be a lion. So he practiced stalking through the jungle and tried to swish his stubby little tail majestically. Then he tried to turn his pitiful little bleat into the deep, awesome roar of the king of beasts. He worked and worked on it. Finally convinced that he looked and sounded like a lion, he said, “Now, all I have to do to be a lion is to go where lions go. “So he marched into lion territory one day about lunchtime.
Sometimes people who have learned to walk, talk, and act like Christians, think they really are. By outward appearances, they are. But if they have never personally placed their trust in Jesus Christ, they are phonies. They lack that “genuine faith,” which alone brings true salvation (2 Timothy 1:5).
When we rely on church attendance, pious language, or good behavior to get us into heaven, we deceive ourselves. Only by trusting the Lord Jesus as Savior we can avoid the rude awakening on the day of judgment that faced the misguided goat when he walked into lion territory. – David C. Egner
We should work harder to be what we ought to be than to hide what we are.
- July 28, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread