Monday, February 11, 2013

You Won't Make It If You Fake it

There's a lot of phony in this world. We're surrounded by playgrounds with plastic forests, synthetic body parts, lip synching, artificial smiles, and "NO, of COURSE you don't look fat in that" statements. As humans, we've perfected the art of imitation. But here's something that absolutely, 100 percent can't be faked: being a Christian. I mean a REAL Christian. Sure, you can say, "I believe in God." Hey, guess what? So does Satan. He is certainly not one of Jesus' disciples. And you can put on the mask of a Christian. You can memorize verses, go to church, join a small group, volunteer...I mean, you can fool EVERYONE. Except God. He knows what is in your heart (John 5:41). So while the rest of the world looks at you and sees all the great things you do, God knows what's inside. And what will he say to those that try to pretend their way into Heaven? "I don't know you or where you came from. Away from me, all you evildoers!(Luke 13:27)" Ouch. That's definitely not the first thing I want to hear after I die. I'm striving for more of a, "Welcome home, good and faithful servant" kind of greeting myself.

Jesus said if you reject him here on earth, he will reject you in front of his father in heaven (Matthew 10:32). So what can be done to prevent this horrible fate? Be real. God isn't looking for someone who simply goes to church and acts like a nice person. He wants someone who worships him with their everything (John 4:23). Believing that God exists simply isn't enough, He wants you to surrender your life to him. He wants you to stop dwelling on the cares of the world and buy stock in his eternal kingdom.

Maybe you're one of those that acts like a Christian on Sundays, but is afraid of what their friends at work might say Monday-Friday. Facing rejection from humans can be tough. But facing rejection from God? That would be worse than anything imaginable.

 I know that the troubles of this world are hard to face. But here's the thing, you don't have to do it alone. And if you TRUELY give your life over to the God of the universe, he will be with you every step of the way. He will NEVER abandon you (Deuteronomy 31:6). And he has overcome the troubles of the world (John 16:33).



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