How to Identify a Duck
In general, if I see a duck, I know it is a duck. There is a saying about how you know if something is what you think it is: “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”
In the book of Proverbs, similar word pictures are used. One such image is a city without walls or broken walls. In Solomon’s day, a city without walls or with broken walls was an invitation for disaster. Even today, my wife and I have locks on our doors, locks on our Ford Escapes, and SimpliSafe monitors on all of our doors. It is prudent. We don’t live in fear, but we don’t want disaster either.
How to Identify a Follower of Jesus
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:22-24 This is not saying that Christians do not sin. This is saying that you should notice a change in behavior when someone claims to be a Christian, or a “Baptist”, or a whatever denomination. Saying you are a disciple of Jesus means you will be (or should be) remarkably different.
Christians are being transformed so that they aren’t what they were before Jesus was their Savior. The Spirit’s fruit brings blessings and protections. What does this all have to do with today’s word, “broken?” The Proverb I was thinking about gives the answer. The benefit of self-control is that you avoid many different disasters. You reduce the likelihood of relationship disasters, career disasters, parenting disasters, and financial disasters. If you have self-control, you are protected by the Spirit’s common sense SimpliSafe system.
“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28
Five Minute Friday
This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up.
All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.