How we spend our time behind closed doors affects every aspect of our lives. it influences what we think about, what we say, what we do. When we live out the gospel, it empowers us to bring change. However, when we live for ourselves, gratifying our flesh, we only drag others down.
When I was really young, I went to our State Fair with a family from our church. I saw my first chameleon. It was so small and so green. Yet, when put against a bright cloth, it would turn the color of the cloth. It fits into its environment. In Jesus’ priestly prayer He asked the Father something. John 17:11 says, “…Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.”
Verse 15 says, “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” 1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in them.” We are to be in the world, but not allow the world’s system to influence us. We are called to be the influencers!
Romans 13:12 says, “…Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Verse 14 says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh.” The world system operates only in the flesh. Roman 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
Peter was acting like a chameleon and Paul took him to task. Galatians 2:11 says, “…I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed.” Verse 12-13 says, “For before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.”
There is the key to why we are spiritual chameleons. We blend in with whatever crowd we are with because of the fear of man. Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” The fruit of the fear of man is: insincerity, lack of integrity, the message and messenger are not the same, pretense, and a facade.
James 3:10 is the chameleon mouth. It says, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” Proverbs 10:17 Amplified says, “He who heeds instruction and correction is (not only himself) in the way of life (but also) IS a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof (not only himself) goes astray (but also) causes to err and is a path of ruin for others.”
That verse should be very convicting! The path we walk on influences others. We can make David’s prayer our own. Psalm 25:4-5 says, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” May we exemplify the Lord through our thoughts, words, and actions.