God has designed certain of His creatures with unique abilities. Certain species of chameleons have the ability to change colors. Scientists feel that the color change is a result of the effect of outside temperatures. Their ability to blend in to their surroundings is conjectured to be only a secondary reason for the color change. For whatever reason it is a wonderful phenomenon that God has designed into this odd looking creature.
When a chameleon changes colors he is doing what comes natural. However, God’s people should resist the temptation to blend into their surroundings. We are faced every day with pressures from the world around us to go with the flow. We are told to conform in our ways of thinking, to get with the program, and to go along with the majority. When we look at the life of Jesus we find that our Lord didn’t fit into the mold that everyone had for Him. He was so different that they ended up crucifying Him. We who are His followers should not be afraid to stand for His cause, model His lifestyle, and live His teachings. J.B. Phillips version of Romans 12:2 gives us this challenge: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity”. The world exerts all kinds of pressure to force us to adopt its way of thinking. It lures us into a morally bankrupt way of living. The world also entices us to place our values and priorities on things that are worthless.
There are too many chameleon Christians around who are trying to blend into their surroundings. God has called us to stand up and speak out for Him and not be ashamed to identify with the cause of Jesus Christ. Stop being a chameleon, let your true colors shine through.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation