We can speak, behave and appear to be something we are not yet… and while it may sound and look good/godly/holy... we're actually just pretending... something core, true, is missing. It looks like God, but is missing the stamp of authenticity... and lacking that, it will not last long. Paul hits on this saying,
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing...” I Corinthians
It may be an hour in the afternoon or a season of life… and we’ll catch ourselves tormenting the cat! (our spouse, children, friends) It’s in that moment of exposure, of embarrassment, failure and frustration that we can see it, own it and then... cry out to God for a deep true transformation.
Why do we settle for pretending when the life, character, strength and love we yearn for, and often pretend to have, really is available? We don't have to pretend!
It's time to get real...to BE the church...to stop hiding in a building, in routines, traditions...to be BOLD and demonstrate that the Kingdom of God is here!