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Conduct Reveals Character

“The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep” (John 10:13).

“At first glance this saying of Christ’s seems very trite, yet a little reflection will show that it enunciates a profound principle — a man does what he does because he is what he is. There is ever a rigid consistency between character and conduct. The drunkard drinks because he is a drunkard. But he is a drunkard before he drinks to excess. The liar lies because he is a liar; but he is a liar before he tells a lie. The thief steals because he is a thief. When the testing time comes each man reveals what he is by what he does. Conduct conforms to character as the stream does to the fountain. “The hireling fleeth because he is an hireling”: this is a philosophical explanation of the fugitive’s deed. It was the flight which demonstrated the man.

The same principle holds good on the other side. The Christian acts christianly because he is a Christian; but a man must be a Christian before he can live a Christian life. Christian profession is no adequate test, nor is an orthodox creed. The demons have a creed, and it causes them to tremble, but it will not deliver them from Hell; It is by our fruit that we are known: it is deeds which make manifest the heart. “The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling.” Character is revealed by our conduct in the crises of life. When is it that the hireling fleeth? It is when he seeth “the wolf coming.” Ah! it is the wolf that discovers the hireling! You might never have known what he was had not the wolf come.”  —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “An Exposition of the Gospel of John” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

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