Sunday, September 9, 2012

Masquerading as Real

Not too long ago, my husband and another officer answered a call of a man waving a gun at the Wal-Mart parking lot.

The man, turned out to be a teenager with a bad temper and even worse judgment; the gun being a very real looking toy.

After a pursuit and resist of arrest, the youth was taken into custody, thankfully without incident.

As I thought of that event…the “what-could-have-been” or the “what-might-haves,” I was reminded that my faith is often like that young man’s weapon.

There are days when I find myself out-of-sorts, and out-of-sync with God.  It’s at those moments, I brandish my faith like some type of weapon, to end all confrontation with anyone crossing my path.  I’m in charge.  I know my stuff…no-one is going to mess with me!

However, faith alone without the power of God behind it is false, masquerading itself as real.  I may have the talk down pat and even walk the walk, but it’s the inside that counts; the spiritual pathway I have with God.  The real-in-the-closet relationship with my Creator.

1 Peter 1:7 says, “These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-maybe proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

So it is at those moments, God pursues me.  He breathes into my heart the error of my attitude, and I then surrender to His will.  In Him I give praise, glory and honor.

Where is your heart today?  Are you brandishing a false weapon without the power behind it, or are you humbly serving in-the-line-of-duty with a genuine faith?  Let me tell you, friend, the real deal is always the best purchase.

Until later,

Kristi

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