Thursday, March 12, 2015

Are you "real"?

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." Galatians 3:26-27

At the start of any race, you can see it... runners surveying each other. Better said, they are checking out one another's racing attire scrutinizing to see if they are "real" runners. Someone with the newest shoes, Garmin and a Boston Marathon headband might be perceived as a serious runner worthy of competition while a runner wearing "the race shirt" (a sure sign of a newbie) might be discounted as having no real running skills. At the end of the race, you may find that outward appearances are deceiving as you get passed by that newbie and the professional looking runner drops out. You see, it's not how you dress for the race but how you run the race that matters.

The same can be said about those around us.  We might assume by the way a person dresses (the way we think a christian should) that they are a "real" follower. But God says something different about judging outward appearances. Colossians 3:12 tells us to clothe ourselves, "with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." If we are "real" sons and daughters of God, the clothes we wear won't be what determines our authenticity. Being clothed with Christ, clothed in compassion, humility, gentleness and patience will be the proof.

Which makes a person wonder... am I merely dressing the part or am I clothed in Christ? Does your outward appearance match what's inside your heart? Are you a "real" follower?

Heavenly Father, thank You for the many blessings you have given us. Thank You for showing us the way to be a true follower of You... it's by clothing ourselves with Christ every day, therefore being Christ like in our attitude and actions. Help us to be more than people dressed as Christians, help us to be "real" followers of You each and every day. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen. 

Happy Running!!!

Made new - Lincoln Brewster