Several customers were waiting in line at a London cheese shop one day when the famous preacher C. H. Spurgeon came in to purchase. Not one to stand around calmly, he became a little fidgety as he stood behind the others and waited his turn. Noticing a fine block of cheese in the shop window, he couldn’t resist touching it, and gently tapped the cheese with his walking stick. To his surprise, the “cheese” made an empty metallic sound – like the ring of a big bread pan. Spurgeon later recounted, “I came to the conclusion that I had found a very well-got-up hypocrite in the window.
People can be like fake cheese – they look like something they aren’t. Many use the name Christian and make a rather pretty display on Sunday morning, yet they have the hollow sound of a hypocrite. A person may look like a Christian but lack genuine faith. When tapped with temptation or spiritual duty, the sham becomes evident. What seemed to be spirituality is a veneer profession – without the substance of possession.
Not so with Timothy. His faith was genuine – so real that thinking of it filled Paul with joy. Satisfaction must have filled Timothy’s heart as he read the apostle Paul’s words (2 Timothy 1:5).
We must continually evaluate our faith and ask ourselves if what we profess will stand up under God’s examination. – Pau R. Van Gorder
Many give Christianity their countenance but not their heart.
- July 25, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread