FEBRUARY 10 – ADMIT WHO YOU ARE
JUDGES 12:6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.
Who are you? That is a question that demands an answer. We have a first and last name to identify ourselves to someone. This says who we are. This is the way we will be remembered. Our last name. When I left home, my father said to me, “our last name is Candler. It is a good name and carries honor with it. Do not dishonor the name, Candler. The men of Gilead had a battle with Ephraim and the Ephraimites lost. They tried to get back home by crossing the Jordan river. There were the men of Gilead at the Jordan asking the question, “are you from Ephraim.’ The answer was no. Say Shibboleth. When they could not say the word they were killed.
Many call themselves Christians. We meet them on the street corner, the mall, and in stores. When we engage them in conversations we find that the claim to be a Christian is not supported by their talk and list of activities. They go places Christians do not go and do things Christians do not do. They fail to go to God’s house to worship His gracious name. They struggle with scripture because they spend little time reading the Word much less studying the Word.
Some are simply lost and carrying a false testimony. Others may be saved and simply have quit living the life we are called to live. Both give a mouth testimony of being something they are not. The lost do not have the relationship with Jesus to be a Christian. They must confess they are sinners and repent and ask Jesus to save them. Those that are saved and not living as a “new creature in Christ,” have not lost their salvation but have stepped away from the closeness we need to be called a Christian.
These people live a lie that reveals they are not Christian. They are found out.