lie: to convey a false image or impression; to exhibit a false representation
At one time or another, we have lied about something. We lied to get out of trouble. We lied to prevent hurting someone’s feelings. We lied because we thought that was the only way we could get what we wanted. Whether you told a little lie, a big lie or a white lie, a lie is still a lie and according to Proverbs 6:17, a lying tongue is one of the things that God hates.
If we SAY that we have fellowship with Him and WALK in darkness, we lie (1 John 1:6). What we say should match what we do. If we say that we abide in Christ, then we should walk as He walked (1 John 2:6). Telling others that I’ve been going to church since I was child or that I’ve read the whole bible isn’t proof that I know God. If I truly know Him, then I will do what He says. We do know that we know Him if we keep His commandments (1 John 2:3).
It is what we do – not what we say – that confirms our relationship with God. This is what separates the carnal Christian from the spiritual Christian. The carnal Christian refuses to grow up in the Lord. They refuse to be taught. They live the way they want to live. They do what they want to do and not what God wants them to do. They are like the scribes and Pharisees. They say, and do not (Matthew 23:3). They don’t walk in godliness. They just have a form or an appearance of godliness.
Sometimes it takes years before you discover who a person really is. You may be able to lie about who you are, but you can’t hide who you really are but for so long. Do you remember the parable of the wheat and tares? A tare resembles wheat while it is young, but when they begin to grow, they look nothing alike. The reason why the householder didn’t allow his servants to gather up the tares or expose them is because he knew that the tares would soon expose themselves. You see, the tares have seeds inside of them, but only the wheat brings forth fruit.
Verily, verily I say unto you, unless a grain of wheat fall into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit (John 12:24).
But when the blade (wheat) was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also (Matthew 13:26).
If I bite into a plastic fruit (fake), I don’t get anything out of it – only disappointment, but when I bite into a real fruit, there are many benefits – health, vitamins, mineral and less risk for certain diseases and illness, just to name a few. Fruit is a sign of maturity. When we refuse to die to selfishness, pride or our way of doing things, we remain the same and there is no fruit, but when we fall to the ground (humility) and die (submission), we will grow and bear much fruit.
A few months ago, I (a Christian) saw someone (another Christian) who hurt me in the past. Honestly, I didn’t want to see or talk to this person ever again. (It’s funny how we remember when someone hurt us, but forget when we hurt others). As I saw the person approaching, I looked straight ahead to avoid the individual. I didn’t speak – on purpose. The Lord immediately said, That’s not Me. In other words, I wasn’t displaying Him. Love doesn’t behave that way.
I admit I need help in that area. I don’t want to teach it or in this case, write it, but not live it. I don’t want to become what I hate – a liar and a hypocrite. If we as Christians are tired of people lying and pretending, then let us stop lying and pretending. Instead of talking about what everyone else is doing, let us examine ourselves and be careful how we live. If you’re going to dress as sheep, then act like sheep. Put on the armour of light (Romans 13:12). Put on the new man (Ephesians 4:24). Put on love (Colossians 3:14). Just as you identify a tree by its fruit, people identify us by what we do.
We are representatives of Christ. We aren’t chosen just to speak for God, but we are chosen to live for God. Jesus just didn’t say what His Father said, but He did what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19).
Let us walk as He walked.