Recently I learned of a man who claimed to live for Christ but reports have come rolling out since his death that he has not been the man we thought him to be. He lived a life of duplicity. He had a public life but a very different secret life. The secrets have come out.
“Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes. Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’? Differing weights and differing measures—the Lord detests them both. Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?” Proverbs 20:6-11
It is not unique to our day that people live in two different worlds. It happens and it breaks our hearts to hear it. One of the greatest heartbreaks is that people ask the question which begins today’s text, “...but a faithful person, who can find?”
People ask if there is anyone who is trustworthy. The question is asked if anyone can be trusted or is everyone a hypocrite. Are there any who are true followers, living what they say?
There are many who have been true followers of Jesus Christ living in only one world and that is the Kingdom of God.
But it is not really our job to lay that question at the feet of others. It is our job to look ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves about us. Are we living what we speak? Are we walking what we speak? Are we living a life that can be copied?
If the answer is yes then when we’re gone, the question will not be, “...but a faithful person, who can find?” but rather a declaration that we have lived a life that points to Christ.
What shall it be?
Please help us, Jesus, to live for You all the days of our lives. Nothing else matters except that we have lived for You. It’s the only life that matters.