The Real You and the Real Me

You know I’ve been thinking today about what’s REAL.  Have you ever wondered why people use fake fruit in a display on their table or kitchen counter top?  I know this sounds obvious, but they do it because it looks better longer.

 With fruit, the artificial always looks good because it’s not living.  It’s not REAL.  But, if you leave REAL fruit in that bowl long enough you won’ t recognize it, but you will know it’s REAL because it no longer lives and it stinks.

OK Eric, where are you going with this?  All I’m saying is the the REAL fruit lives and dies.  The fake fruit just looks good.

But here is the gold to me.  The REAL fruit tastes delicious, refreshing and satisfying if eaten.  To take a pinch or chew of the fake fruit is dissappointing.  You may say, “But the fake fruit looks so much better” or “It’s so much easier to deal with for looks.  It’s comfortable.”  But the point remains, you can’t eat the fake fruit and enjoy it.

This reminds me of a passage of scripture and it challenges all of us to be REAL.

Here is Luke 12:1-3 (The Message)

 1-3By this time the crowd, unwieldy and stepping on each other’s toes, numbered into the thousands. But Jesus’ primary concern was his disciples. He said to them, “Watch yourselves carefully so you don’t get contaminated with Pharisee yeast, Pharisee phoniness. You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. You can’t whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day’s coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town.

Did you notice that Jesus was talking to Christians?  A Christ follower can become contaminated with Pharisee phoniness.  Hmmn? 

Here is the challenge for us all.  Don’t be FAKE as a believer or leader for Christ.  You and I should be what we say we are if we are truly going to inspire those that are looking for delicious, refreshing and satisfying HOPE.  We must be REAL.


3 Responses

  1. Absolutely. You can’t fake a relationship with Christ. You either have one, or you don’t. I actually knew someone who tried that, and a the time I really didn’t that he was doing it, but in the end I did. He was found out, and lost everything of importance that he had “aquired” while he was being dishonest. Having said all that though. Have you ever tasted that wax fruit?

  2. It applies for those who have a relationship with Christ as well. Those who have yet to come to know Christ smell us. We all are superficial at times, even believers but we must strive to be REAL in order to make a difference for Christ. Good comments. Thanks Kurt.

  3. I am soooo digging that post mang! I made the comment before that I want to “oooze Jesus.” I want to be so full of Him that I start to overflow and ooze. The only way to do that is to drench ourselves in everything He’s about. And He’s about people. We can’t get close enough to care “really” when we are fake and phonie and self absorbed….

    The grapes are the worst, they look the most real! ( not exactly sure what that really means, but the do look the most real.)

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