Every day we are bombarded with empty promises. For the most part they are for someone else’s gain veiled cleverly to look like we will be the ones who are better off after we buy their product. Checking my email this morning I found emails promoting pills for weight loss to make me attractive, dating sites that promise happiness in other people, and clothes that will make me cool and help me fit in. .
My wife and I were watching football over the Christmas season and during a commercial break one commercial caught my eye. Everything in the commercial looked elegant and classy; champagne, expensive jewelry, beautiful people, extravagant house, and lots of other fine things. The funny thing is that this commercial wasn’t for any of those things. The last frame of the commercial flashed a car – so if we want to be associated with fancy things then we need own this car.
Most of us know by now there’s nothing wrong with trying to be healthy, wanting to look good, have nice things or date, but real happiness or self-worth can not be found in any of these things.
I think the church can get caught up in making empty promises as well. We promise things and then we, who are supposed to His representatives to the rest the world, forget to be those promises.
We say that He is love, but act like jerks. We say that He is forgiving, but we hold grudges. We say that He is inclusive, and we turn churches into cliques where only people who look and act like us are invited into our “club.” We say that real life is found in Him, but we put on fake smilies and act like everything is ok when it’s not. We say prayer is important, but only pray a couple of times a week when we are in need. I could go on for a while…
It’s not my intention to criticize the church, but to show that if we don’t get real with our faith we will never lead people to a real faith in Jesus. That doesn’t mean that we have it all together, but that we fight to be selfless and to acknowledge Jesus in every aspect of our lives. The more real we are the more people will want what we have in Jesus.
Always be real. It’s ok if we don’t understand everything or to admit we don’t have all the answers. That doesn’t mean that God is not real, because you don’t know everything about Him. Show people what God is doing in your life and be honest about it.
God is alive and well in and around us today, and we are the example of that.
How do you keep from getting caught up in fake stuff? How do you stay real in the day in and day out of following Jesus?