Don’t pretend to be a Christian
This past Sunday was Halloween, I’m pretty sure my kids are still on a sugar rush. One thing I love about Halloween is the creativity of the costumes. It is great fun for people to get to use their imagination, and maybe the power of google, to become someone different. When it comes to a costume, often just a few key costume pieces make all the difference. At Halloween, it’s great fun for kids to get to be someone or something that they are not.
Pretending at Halloween is fun, but in reality, I think we can be tempted to pretend in our daily life. In our own lives, it is tempting to pretend to be something that we are not. We pretend to have it more together than we really do. We can post pictures that make it look like life is easy and perfect, when life might be hard and difficult.
As I read the New Testament, Jesus seems to have the least amount of patience for those that are pretending to be more righteous than they really are.
In Matthew 23:27-28, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
But the gospel is liberating.
We don’t have to pretend anymore. We don’t have to pretend to have it all together and hope that Jesus doesn’t notice our failures. He noticed and still chose to die for us. We can come to Jesus and he receives us even in the midst of our sin. We don’t have to try and change our outward appearance to come to him.
Halloween allows people the fun of being someone that they are not. But when it comes to our faith, make it real. Trust the gospel. Don’t just go through the motions. Don’t just do enough so that we look like a follower of Christ, or learn the lingo so we sound like one. Instead become a believer.
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Let us surrender our hearts to the savior and live lives that reflect his character.