The word “sterling” is stamped on the backs of many knives, forks, spoons and other articles of silverware. It means that they are made of silver all the way through. They are of the same quality underneath as on the surface, and so are far more valuable than similar pieces which are made of some other metal and then plated or coated with silver.
You may not always be able to tell by looking at people whether they are sterling or plated; but if you associate with them long enough, you will find out their real value. It is revealed by the way wear. I mean, when the friction of circumstance rubs them, you very soon see what is underneath. Some show that they are made of baser metal underneath the polished surface, while others are of solid worth.
Does a person talk but not perform; promise but not fulfill? Do his spontaneous words and acts reveal a lack of inner quality? Then the mark of “sterling” is not on him. He has put a coating of religion on a life that lacks integrity, but his true character will finally show itself.
How can we build a “sterling” life? We must live in the reality of His love and truth. It is walking in the reality of truth that makes us real. We become like what we focus on. When we keep our eyes on Jesus and walk in His truth we become more like Him.
We must also take our stand in Him and praise His name. We cannot be ashamed of Him and be real at the same time. We must boldly and openly identify with Him. There are no secret agents in the faith.
Read Psalm 26 for yourself and ask, “Is this really MY testimony?” The eye of the Lord are scanning the horizon for those who long for a “sterling” character (2 Chronicles 16:9).