As I watch the trick or treaters running down the road as I head home tonight it made me think of what "mask" do we wear? Do we play a role when we are around certain people? Do we post all the "good" stuff on Facebook only to turn around and post something totally different that same day or the next? Our actions are what define us, not our words or the image we want people to see. Author Brennan Manning once wrote "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable." The first time I heard that statement was on the DCTalk song "What if I Stumble". That day I really didn't get the true impact of that statement. As we continue on in the ministry of the Sons of The Savior MM I see more and more how powerful this really is. Our life is a sermon in shoes!
In Matthew 6:24 it reads "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth."
Matthew 23:25-28 it reads "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. "You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
"So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."
The Word speaks against living a double life in both of these passages. So instead of a image or what you want people to believe, why not just step fully into a life of serving God. I am not asking you to be a Christian I am asking you to have a relationship with God. The difference you ask? Let's break it down. We look at being a Christian as going to church, throwing some money in the plate, doing a good deed when it is convenient or benefits ourselves, telling people about how far we have come.....you know the little lady that lives in your neighborhood that looks down at everyone who don't live life how she sees fit. Now let's look at the relationship. You go out of your way to help others, not looking at every situation by how it can benefit you, being humble about the things you do, being kind to others even when they aren't easy to love. I could go on but I think you get the picture.
So with that being said, are you playing a role or do you have a relationship with God. If you have found yourself just playing the role why not take the opportunity now? I pray that you are able to make that relationship before the time is too late. We are none promised the next minute. No one is too far gone for God to forgive and make you the person He created you to be. What can be more perfect than being who the Creator created you to be?
I am by no means a perfect person. I struggle daily, I have to look to God to help guide my thoughts, actions and every part of me to honor and praise Him. I am on the same journey as you. If I can ever be of any help to you or answer any questions, please ask. I may not know the answer right off but I will do my best to find the answer and get it to you.
Until next time, God bless and Ride safe