Isn’t it funny how some things don’t appear to be the way they actually are? Have you ever paid any attention to how an iphone is just a little rectangle looking thing and when you turn it on it could literally do almost anything you want it to? Have you ever paid any attention to a set of Legos? It starts out as one little piece and you can use other pieces to turn it into anything you want. How often does this happen to you spiritually? Unfortunately, I will admit that is sometimes how I live my life. I say I am a Christian, I act like a good person, I say nice things to people, but my heart doesn’t compare to the person I am on the outside. I appear differently to people than the way I actually live my life and God has put that heavy on my heart this week.
As a Christian, we all have testimonies to protect but instead of fixing our heart on God to repair the gaps, we try and just simply hide the gaps. Think about the person you would be if your behavior lined up with what you said to be. Think about if you were to live a gap-free life what your life would portray to others. In Proverbs 11:3 it talks about the two ingredients of integrity (truth and honesty) and how it can become an option in our lives rather than a non-negotiable standard. Integrity is simply completing a task when no one is looking. Integrity is keeping your word when no one checks up on you. Integrity is having the guts to tell the truth even when it hurts. Integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy. Do your lives portray integrity? The gap between who you are on the outside and who you are on the inside can lead to tension when it was not the same. Living that way will not bring life change to you or to others around you; it will eventually destroy you. We all struggle with the fact that we want to be perfect in the eyes of others, but God wants us to bring our imperfect lives to light so that He can purify our hearts.
Think about Paul. Paul used to be a Jew who persecuted Christians, but he later became one of Jesus’ disciples. He went from a man who persecuted Christians to a man that was in prison for preaching Christianity to Gentiles in Ephesus. People would glorify God because only He could change a persecutor of Christians to a Christian himself. Paul’s life had changed which brought attention to other people around him. Look what would happen to others if your life was gap-free. Imagine what would happen if others saw the old person that you are completely surrender their heart to God. We already have softball as a foundation in which people look up to us. God has given us a gift to use in order for His kingdom to be glorified. What are you doing in your daily life to glorify God? Are you trying to hide the gaps in your life or are you truly trying to change your heart and live your life to fulfill God’s purpose? Take a look at what Paul’s life did for others and imagine what you your life can show others if you let God fix your gaps, not just cover them up yourself.
Have a great week!
Tue, January 8, 2013
by Bob Pinto