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Silver-Plated Christians

March 11th, 2013 No comments

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Not too many years ago, silver dollars were actually made of silver. Imagine that! In those days, there was a simple way to determine if the coin was authentic. All you had to do was drop one on the hard ground and listen to the sound they made when they landed. If the coin was merely silver-plated, and not solid silver, it would make a dull thud upon impact.

In contrast, the genuine coin rang true because it was solid through and through and not merely silver on the outside. While the imitation may have had real silver on the outside, it was still worthless. If it was not silver to the core, it was merely a cheap imitation.

What a wonderful picture of many Christians today. Are we merely “silver plated Christians” with a thin veneer of truth coating the surface of our lives? Some folks sound very scriptural. They quote verses from the Bible and take pride in the belief that they possess the proper doctrine. However, the true condition of our inner man is revealed by the sound we make when we hit the ground!

What happens when we find ourselves thrown into a hard place? Perhaps it’s an unexpected situation, a terrible season of adversity or a strong wind of temptation – how do you respond? What is your first impulse when there is no time to gather yourself or to gain composure? What comes out when no one is around? Does our behavior at home and at work mirror the way we act when we worship at church on Sunday? What do we think about when we are free to think about whatever we want? Are we silver through and through or merely silver-plated?

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Shatter the Boxes

March 8th, 2013 4 comments

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Do You Want to Be Made Whole?

Jesus asked this rather obvious question to a man who had been crippled for thirty-eight years! Jesus understood the deeper issues involved. To be able to walk, he needed more that healthy feet. He needed to be made whole – body, soul and spirit. No compartmentalization. No boxes. Jesus saw this man from a holistic perspective. He was a life in need of transformation.

This is the starting place in our “walking in the truth.” Are we willing to let Jesus shatter our boxes? Will we allow the light of His truth to examine every area of our lives to expose all of the fragments and inconsistencies? Will we allow him to topple the false idols in our hearts and to expose every deceptive thought or desire?

We all want to walk. The quest is, “Do we want to walk in the way, in the truth and in the life?” (John 14:6) Our cry should not be, “God, give me more truth,” but rather, “God, make me true!” In my relationship with God, my spouse, my children, my neighbors, my friends and work relationships, my finances, my brothers and sisters in Christ – “in all things” – make me whole.

Do we want this much truth? Are we ready for this much life? Can we handle this much of God?

Living Truth-filled Lives

March 1st, 2013 2 comments

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Paul makes a powerful plea for truth in his letter to the Ephesian Church. He writes,

“…let our lives lovingly express truth in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly” (Ephesians 4:15 AMP).

Truth is to be expressed in “all things.” In other words, we cannot compartmentalize our lives. The old adage, “Do what I say and not what I do” is an example such compartmentalization. It separates the words from the “walking.”

As author Arthur Katz observes, “We tend to compartmentalize everything. We live as if our health, both mental and physical, our faith, our doctrines, our relationships, all existed in distinct spheres, each with its own rules and regulations, quite isolated from and unrelated to each other.”

We should not be surprised when truth is neatly placed into the separate compartment labeled “doctrine or ideas.” To the contrary, truth is meant to pervade and express itself through every aspect of our lives and in everything we do. Our lives before God are seamless wholes, not hand-made quilts made of a thousand separate patches of cloth. It is the Spirit of Truth WHwhich holds our lives together and gives them meaning and life.

When we walk, we use much more than our feet. Our entire bodies are involved in the process. If the whole body does not cooperate, we don’t walk. The same can be said about truth. If truth has not permeated the entirety of our lives, are we living the truth at all? Truth must be lived or it will cease to be truth.

Reflection:

Do you allow the Word of God to touch every aspect of your life?

Have you created compartments where God’s truth is excluded from entry?

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