Conduct Yourself with Honor
Remember when Jesus stood before Pilot to be questioned? What did He tell Pilot? I find it interesting that Jesus said very little when being questioned. You see this portrayed in movies as well. When this scene comes us, often the actor portraying Jesus just has this solemn, strong-silent look on his face while Pilot asks him what should be done, what “crimes” is He guilty of, etc…
So, as I’m reading today in 1 Peter 2 about how we are a chosen race, a royal priest hood and that we belong to God. Our purpose, 1 Peter 2 tells us, is to proclaim the “excellencies of him who called you” and verse 11 specifically calls us to “abstain from the passions of the flesh.”
The key verse, for me, was verse 12:
”Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”
A few things I want to point out:
1. Our conduct is to be honorable (Jesus’ conduct always was)
2. Others WILL speak evil against you…just give it time and it will happen (people spoke evil of Christ)
3. If we have honorable behavior, others will notice and see that behavior (everyone saw Jesus behaving honorably)
Here’s the most important part:
4. WHEN others see us behave honorably EVEN when we are wrongly accused or being spoken evil of, it is a TESTIMONY to others..it will amaze them…perhaps shock them. They will then have to give God the credit for this behavior, because we all know that a person is not capable of such behavior in and of themselves. Others will realize that NO one is THAT good unless God is in them. God is glorified when we live like this.
Jesus is our model of behavior and the goal we all shoot for, right? He is our standard of excellence and our goal is to become more Christ-like, right? What did HE do before His accusers? How did HE treat those in authority? Look at what he said in Mark 12:17 when He was talking about whether or not one should pay taxes:
Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.
They MARVELED at him. Why? When you are this committed to the will of God and refuse to bend, even when questioned, people notice, there are amazed and many times they are shocked at such behavior. Our human nature tell us that it’s “ok” to bend the rules and compromise what we believe in when it is convenient or profitable to us…but Jesus NEVER did. And that is why HE is our example.
IF we are truly to emulate Christ and become more like Him, we must do this in EVERY area of our lives, not just those that are convenient and easy. We must dig, deep into the depths of our souls, and bear all of ourselves to Him to be forged into His likeness…even if this means that we must suffer or feel pain. Wasn’t it Paul that said to live is Christ and to DIE is gain? (Philippians 1:21)
I leave you with this final passage from 1 Peter 2 to meditate on, and it is my hope that we all will never tire in our efforts to be more like Christ.
22He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.