WHO DO YOU LOOK LIKE Andy Hollifield 8-4-18
Judges 8:18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king.
These men resembled the children of a king. Gideon the farmer and his brothers looked like the children of a king. Gideon was a farmer and the son of a farmer so his brothers in all likelihood favored him. Where do you think these two kings of Midian ever got the idea that they favored a king? If anything, Gideon was far from resembling a king yet these men thought that he did. I am not sure what it was about Gideon or his brothers that made Zebah and Zalmunna think that. I would imagine that rather than physical attributes, it probably had more to do with the way they all carried themselves. I have had the experience that a lot of you probably have, where you met someone and you just had a feeling that he was a preacher. Not that he looked like one because there is no certain way a preacher looks. It’s not like a Bloodhound. When you have ever seen a Bloodhound you know they all look the same. Color or markings may be a little different but in general they all look alike. With people though, the way you carry yourself determines how people think of you quite often before they even meet you. We have all encountered people that we decided, before we even met them, that they looked a grouch or maybe a happy person or that maybe they were distinguished or something else just based on how they carried themselves. Like I have heard said before; you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.
I have never thought of Gideon as having a commanding presence about him. I have always pictures him as average height and slight to medium build. He probably was pretty dark-skinned from working in the fields. He probably looked like a hundred other people I know, at least that is my impression of him. I do think however, that after he and Phurah went down near the enemy camp and he overheard the telling of a man’s dream, I think he probably came back up the hill walking a little quicker and with an air of confidence about him that his men had not seen previously. Although he may not have had a commanding physical presence, I believe he had a look of confidence that inspired his men to believe in him.
Dwight Eisenhower was one of those type of people. During some of the darkest days of our country’s history, the nation was inspired by the quiet confidence and determination for peace of the Kansas farm boy. So much so, that he was elected in landslide victories to two terms as President of the United States. With a presence that looked like everybody’s grandpa, he captured the hearts and minds of not only the US but also of the entire free world. He even retained this admiration after his retirement from public service to his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Dwight Eisenhower didn’t look the part of a five-star General but carried himself with such an air of confidence that he inspired those around him whether as a soldier or a citizen. How do we carry ourselves as Christians? Do we look the part? Can anyone have an idea without even meeting us, that we are probably a Christian? That may sound ridiculous but if you stop and think about it, you have probably met people who, before you met them, just by observing their actions, you had a good idea that they believed in and followed the Lord. Do we carry ourselves in a way that we could be convicted of being a Christian? Furthermore, is anyone inspired or drawn to Christ by the way we conduct ourselves? In 1 Samuel 18, the bible speaks four times about how that David behaved himself wisely. Verse 5 of that chapter even says that he was accepted by all the people as well as by Saul’s servants because he behaved himself wisely. Verse 30 speaks about how that by his behavior David made a name for himself. Proverbs 18 speaks about the spirit and heart of a man and says in verse 16 that “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” Some say that is speaking of bribes which we all know is the case. But I personally believe that it could speak of the gifts that a person possesses. If you are gifted academically, musically, or athletically, those gifts can take you places and before people that you would not have otherwise had access to.
So where is our gift of salvation taking us? Does it bring us before people who need the Lord and have confidence in us because of the air we have about us and the way we behave ourselves? It should. People should be drawn to us or, if they hate the things of God, driven away just by the way we behave ourselves. There is a saying that defines character as “what you are when no one is looking.” Do we have the character of a child of God even when no one is looking? If you continue to read in Judges you will find that Gideon was a great man and never again was the timid down-hearted farmer that the angel found down by the winepress. He remained humble and even refused the role of leader of the nation, but behaved himself in such a way that the nation followed the Lord and had quietness for the remaining 40 years of Gideon’s life. After his death, they forgot God (Judges 8:33-35) and went whoring after Baalim and even made themselves a false God. They even failed to show kindness to the house of Gideon after his death in spite of all he had done for his country. We cannot do anything about what people do after our death, but while we live we can conduct ourselves in a way that makes us look like Christ. After all, the word “Christian” does mean Christ like. Do we more closely resemble children of the devil or the children of a king? Who do we look like? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!