The Discovery channel recently aired a series on reptiles I had the opportunity to view the segment on the subject of chameleons. I was reminded how some chameleon species are able to change their skin coloration. The chameleon color change has functions in social signaling and in reactions to temperature and other conditions, including camouflage for protecting them from their surroundings. The relative importance of these functions varies with the circumstances, as well as the species. Chameleons tend to show darker colors when angered, in an attempt to scare or intimidate others. I would say many of us are familiar with people who are characterized as a chameleon maybe even for more reasons than one.
Many people particularly Christians are much like chameleons. We tend to take on not only the appearance but in some cases, the very characteristics of our surroundings while blending in with the community or culture around us. We are constantly changing to fit into whatever group of people or circumstances we find ourselves in the company of at the moment. When in church, no one is holier than we are in that moment, when out with friends, we laugh the loudest at all the dirty jokes in that moment. We blend in and hide when our true destiny is to stick out, to be change agents in every moment. It is so easy for us to take on a certain image when we are around certain people.
The world is watching, God is watching and ironically, both know the difference between chameleons and true Christians. It seems at the end of the day the only one fooled is the chameleons themselves. Being a Christian will not always be easy. There will be times when people will ostracize you making you feel different. However, it is okay just always remember you are different. The same old dirty jokes will not be as funny anymore; you will no longer appreciate certain movies, no more being intoxicated until drunk because it will no longer be funny or cute. Yes, depending on whom you hang out with, you will stick out like a sore thumb.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalms 1:1-2
Can you even imagine if God were like a chameleon always changing to adapt, the mere thought of not being able to depend on Him is unfathomable for James 17:7 says. ..“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” Where would we be if our God were like many of us? Praise Him for His Word we see in the book of Malachi 3:6 He says He does not change and we can always depend on Him. “For I am the LORD, I change not . . .” – Thank God He is dependable. He has power to keep His promises. He does not lie. He does not change. Every person ever chosen by God who accomplished anything for Him chose to believe His promises! He is our Rock, like a huge boulder in a river stream. The waters go around and over it; never through it, and it is never moved. The tides may ebb and flow, but the Rock remains. In the same way, the tides of our human existence ebb and flow, but God’s purpose and will for our lives remain unchanged, and His ability to bring whatever it is to pass for our good remains unchanged. It is our charge as Christians, to be faithful, to be the same, unchanged in Him even as our sovereign, immutable, and magnificent God— we too should always be an immovable force, unchanging not like the chameleon. But like Jesus the same yesterday, and today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8