But Jesus put it right back on them. “ Why do you use your rules to play fast and loose with God’s commands? …..Isaiah’s prophecy of you hit the bull’s-eye: These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their heart isn’t in it. They act like they’re worshiping me, but they don’t mean it. They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy.” [Matthew 15:3-9 MSG]
Big show is not what God wants. Fancy words, clever talk, making things sound grand, these are not the things that God is really interested in.
Walking with God is at its very best when we are just ourselves. Open, honest, vulnerable, true, and real. Real always wins. Fake doesn’t fool anybody, least of all God.
Real is about respecting God in all that we do. Not pretending. Not covering ourselves. Not wearing our masks anymore. Not playing fast and loose with Gods commands.
Real is about what is going on in our hearts. Honest in our pursuit of God. Loving Him with all we have and all we are. Not perfection but doing the best we can. Reading His Word and applying it to our lives, no longer chasing what we fancy.
Real is what attracts others to Jesus. When we don’t mean it, when we are half-hearted towards God, we don’t fool anyone. People are looking for a genuine faith. People are wanting us to demonstrate how a real faith can make a difference in our lives.
Big question then: How real are we?