Then he said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts.
Luke 16:15 (NLT)
It is so easy to perform. We play different roles depending upon which play we are in. At work we are one person, at home another. At school we adapt to the particular people around us and at church we put on the righteous role. The question is, “who are we?” When we quit coping, quit people pleasing, stop posturing and posing, who are we? If you know Jesus, you are a child of God, a citizen of heaven, a disciple of Christ. This is not pretend. It is a reality. When you dedicated your life to Christ you became citizen of another world. Integrity, love, truth, justice, morality, purity these are virtues of His kingdom and run counter to what we, as humans, have come up with by ourselves. That is why in the very next verse Jesus says, “What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.” Today, Jesus invites you to keep it real. You don’t need to act, perform or appear to be something you are not. Instead, give Him your heart and ask for Him to guide you. Confess any sin, repent of your behavior, live for Him and love others. This is what God is looking for.
Father, keep me from pretense and posturing. Help me to be real with You. I want to live for You in all I do. Help me to this end I pray.
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