You know the old saying, “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck!” The same applies to Christians and sinners. What if a Christian looks like the world, walks like the world and talks like the world? If you see men dressed in women’s attire with long hair, it’s a sinner. If you see a woman dressed like a man with short hair, it’s a sinner. Sinners do sinful acts, and Christians do righteous acts.
If you can’t tell a Christian from a sinner, it is because they are either mimicking one another or one is acting like the other. Paul clearly stated, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor 5:17) Christians are new creatures in the eyes of God, for we have been reconciled to God—changed from enmity to friendship (5:14-21). The life of a Christian must look new, i.e., different than it once was!
However, what about that Christian who, though he has a “new” life, looks like the world, walks like the world and talks like the world? It is definitely the case that we cannot see a man’s heart (1 Sam. 16:7), but you can discern quite a bit about a person’s character by the way they dress, the way they act, the way they talk, the way they treat others, the way they spend their time, etc. Jesus said it truly, “You shall know them by their fruits”.
Christians should act like Christians. How do Christians act? Christians do the work of God. They study God’s Word, they teach and preach God’s Word, they worship God in Spirit and in truth, and they do good unto all men, especially fellow saints. Christians flee fornication, adultery, and homosexuality. Christians do moral acts and eschew evil.
Christians seek and save that which was lost. You won’t find a faithful Christian teaching the doctrines of men. You won’t find a faithful Christian adding to or taking from God’s Word. You won’t find a faithful Christian who meets on another day other than Sunday to remember the Lord’s death and to give of their means. (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 16:1-3) You won’t find a faithful Christian who preaches another gospel. (Gal 1:8,9) You won’t find a faithful Christian who abides by another doctrine other than the doctrine of Christ and his apostles. (Acts 2:42 f; 2 Jn 9) You won’t find a faithful Christian who doesn’t suffer for the cause of Christ. (2 Tim 3:12) Faithful Christians walk the walk and talk the talk. In other words, they practice what they preach. (Rom 2:21,22)
Even when a Christian falters from the truth, they will turn back to the truth and repent. Peter was a prime example of a man who denied Christ 3 times, and yet repented. David, who was after God’s own heart, was a man who committed adultery with Urias wife, Bathsheba, and yet he repented. Christians are not perfect, but they serve a perfect God, who gave us a perfect Word. Christians obey and yield to God’s Word in their life.
You won’t find faithful Christians who commit adultery and and refuse to come out of it. You won’t find faithful Christians who live in fornication, and defend it. You won’t find faithful Christians who speak filthy language, and refuse to clean up their act. You won’t find faithful Christians who twist God’s Word to justify their immoral acts.
Truly, all faithful Christians understand how easy it is to fall into temptation. In most cases, they have fallen for more than a few in their life. However, they also know that the greatest sin is not falling into sin, but remaining there. They know that they were cleansed from their sins by the blood of Jesus through their obedience to the gospel of Christ. Jesus, by his death, gives all sinners the chance to turn their life around and walk the walk of a Christ like creature. (1 Pet 2:20,21)
No one was born a Christian or a sinner, for both are a choice we all have to make in life. If you are ready to stop walking the life of a sinner and walk the life of Christ, today is your lucky day. All you have to do to look like a Christian, walk like a Christian, and talk like a Christian, is to believe with the heart and confess with the mouth that Jesus is the Christ the son of God; (Rom 10:10) Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins; (Acts 2:38) And remain faithful unto death. (Rev 2:10) Now, that’s a Christian!