September 22nd, 2019
Everyone today wants what is genuine. We have gone from the days of ‘Get Real’ to the desire for people and things to ‘Be Real’.
The problem is, there is far too much fakery going on, which makes identifying the real from the artificial or false, at times nearly impossible.
There is ‘real’ and an authoritative means of identifying it; God’s Word.
The only issue that we will run into using this resource to identify the false images of the world, is that if we don’t unload the weight of deception, we have become accustomed to, there is a strong possibility we will find that the message is distorted, between the pages of its text and our minds. The resulting distorted message will be a more palatable version, more in standing with a global worldview, instead of adhering to a Christian worldview.
Just as any glass prism separates light into the colors of the spectrum, this prism of a global worldview bends everything that comes through it, but instead of a spectrum of different colors, the resulting image, is a darker more corrupt, than clearer the natural light, of God’s Word.
This distortion isn’t limited to God’s Word. A distorted global view has a weight and gravity to it that twists and bends everything that comes through this prism. Events and activities, otherwise be benign, can become corrupted by this worldview. It can transform the truth of God into the lies of our enemy.
“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21 (CSB)
Our only safe haven is based in Heaven. If you want ‘real’ Heaven is real. Likewise, are hell, sin and death.
We find ourselves here in this life for a relatively short period of time. You’ll find at you get older the days are shorter and shorter. To the Christian this is a welcomed thing because, just as with Jesus return, each day brings us closer to paradise and an existence in the constant presence of God.
In the time remaining we have in this world; our purpose is to be that same light that Jesus brought into this world.
Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (CSB)
We as followers of Jesus have His Light in us. This gives us a massive advantage over those living outside of His grace. The only way the light in us can become distorted is when our Christian worldview is switched to the worldview shared by this lost world. That only can happen one way, our choice.
We don’t control many things in this life but the one thing we are given complete autonomy over is what we choose to believe, who we will follow, and what worldview we will adopt.
The term ‘Christian’ worldview has always bothered me a little because while I revere the fact that I am Christian, sadly that doesn’t mean much due to this distortion we’ve been talking about.
A survey of people in the USA less than five years ago, asked if they were Christian. Gallup did this survey in 2015. At that time America said 75% were Christian. This down from 2018, when that percentage was 80%.
The shocking fact of this is that in another Gallup survey taken in May of 2007, the report states that only one-third of people in the US believe the Bible is true.
Based on this I would have to assume that 75% of the population today considers God a liar. It is also highly likely much less are actually true, born-again Christians. Yet 75% claim the moniker.
I’m guessing right now that at least some of those reading this bristled a little when I made the claim that 75% of America’s consider God a liar. But consider what God says in His Word, about the Word.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (CSB)
The entirety of your word is truth, each of your righteous judgments endures forever.
Psalms 119:160 (CSB)
I don’t believe you can build a case for being a Christian and not believing the Bible is God’s Word or that His Word is fallible.
You will not find a single place that has a carveout or fine print stating that some of this content is subject to change or alternate interpretation. If the Bible is God’s Word and God says it is truth, then we choose to believe that some of it really doesn’t apply to us or we are exempt from certain things it calls for, we quite simple are calling God a liar.
It just doesn’t get much clearer than that.
God is the Real Deal. The real question is, are we? Just because we call ourselves a Christian, doesn’t make it so. This isn’t something that you can self-designate or assert. The only way you actually become a Christian is through the blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
When we surrender everything to him and allow him to take control of our lives, subjecting our will to His, it is only then that His grace is bestowed upon us and we are transformed from the sinful condition we were born into, to the righteous reflection of Jesus. Which is also known as, becoming Christian.
If you are transformed, you will be reformed. If you have surrendered, then your will is not yours it is His will acting in you.
This doesn’t make us perfect by any means. Paul notes his struggle with sin…
For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. Now if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one that does it, but it is the sin that lives in me.
Romans 7:15-20 (CSB)
If the Apostle Paul was unable to escape the influence of the flesh, then who are we to think we can or are. Jesus said, ‘No one is perfect except for God’. Only He is God, and God is Him, and both and the Spirit are one.
Jesus was/is “The Real Deal”. We aren’t not yet. We have the opportunity to be real when we depart this corruptible fleshly house we live in today. And Jesus adorns us in the incorruptible.
Until that time, just as Paul did, we struggle towards that goal, the prize, of the high calling of Jesus Christ.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
We aren’t there, but we are getting more real every day!
In His Grace!