Recently, my littlest guy, Tyler, has been learning about insects in science. Since I am his teacher, I also have the opportunity to relearn a lot of things. A couple of weeks ago we learned about mimicry, in particular, the viceroy and monarch butterflies. The viceroy butterfly looks almost identical to the monarch, but there is a big difference in the way they taste to birds. Monarchs taste terrible. So because the viceroy looks like the monarch, birds will not eat either of the butterflies.
Did you know we too were created to mimic? We were designed to mimic God’s son (1 John 2:6). Often, however, we find ourselves imitating the world rather than Jesus. We put on our camouflage when we head to church, or when we are out with our “church” people, but underneath the camo, we look like the world. And when we mirror the world, we produce fruit like the world.
Matthew 7:15-18 “Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit.
We may be able to fool people with our camouflage for a time, but eventually, they will see the fruit we bare. The life we live on the outside must also be the life we live inwardly. The way we live during Sunday worship service shouldn’t cease when we walk out the doors of our church. Our life will only ever produce one kind of fruit at a time, good or bad. So what fruit are you yielding? What life are you mimicking? When people see you, do they view you as peculiar (1 Peter 2:9), do they witness Jesus within you? Or do you tend to look more like the world? Is the fruit you bear edible to those around you?
Friends, we are living in a world full of lost and hurting people and the last thing the world needs are Christians with rotten fruit hanging off them. God gave us a mission and a command: to love Him above all, love people as we love ourselves, and to go and change the world (Matthew 28:19). The only way to do what he said, is to do what Jesus did. When you mimic Jesus, not only will your life be different, but you’ll change lives in the process.