Are You For Real?

Posted: January 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

This is a relevant question today, one only you can answer. I’m not talking about what other people think of you. I’m not talking about the person your friends and family think you are. I’m not talking about the person you’ve painted yourself to be on social media. I’m not talking about the mask you put on Sunday morning. I’m talking about the kind of real, Jesus was referring to when, in Revelation, he said, “I know your deeds, you have a reputation for being alive, but I know you. I know your inner most thoughts. You have everybody fooled but you’re not fooling me. I know your heart. You are DEAD.”

Jesus was calling out the fakers, the posers, the imposters. He called out the church, the body, the ones going through the motions. The ones who look like they got it all together. They had the good deeds thing down but Jesus said, “YOU ARE DEAD.” What would Jesus say about the real you? Do you appear alive, but Jesus would tell you. “You are dead.”?

So Jesus has a standard of real, that obviously differs from our definition of real. We judge ourselves by the deeds we do. We put our time in on Sunday morning. We throw twenty bucks in the plate and feel God should be grateful. We mouth the words for 30 minutes of worship. We own a Bible, somewhere. We know John 3:16 and that Jeremiah, good plan verse too.

So if this is not real, according to Jesus, what is? What would Jesus consider, alive? What’s his definition of real? The Bible has some thoughts on this subject. Thoughts that we might not necessarily want to hear.

For starters, real to Jesus, is you being the person at home, that others believe you are at church. Real to Jesus is you living the life people will say you did, at your funeral. Real is you craving your Bible reading time. Real to Jesus is you praying without ceasing. Real is you trusting God 100% with your finances. Real to Jesus is having the right motives for everything you do in the name of Jesus. Real to Jesus looks like fourth soil growth. Real to Jesus is really forgiving those who wrong you, loving your enemies and not gossiping. Real to Jesus is being aware of a need in your church and stepping up to fill it.

Most readers of this blog will consider themselves the real deal, yet churches all over the United States suffer from a financial deficit. Their ministry effectiveness is hindered due to lack of workers. Wednesday night prayer services are barren wastelands. Community members are unaware of their existence. The pastors send out multiple emails and literally beg for leaders to rise up, but to no avail. People sign up for hospitality or worship teams and don’t even bother to show up. Children and teens walk away from church for lack of mentors. Teachers don’t even bother to look at the lesson until Sunday morning and wonder why lives are not being impacted from their “efforts”

Jesus said, “WAKE UP! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you received and heard; obey it, and repent.”

Are you dead? Or are you For REAL?

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