What does it mean to be “real?” It’s easy enough to identify fake-ness. We just seem to know when someone’s living a lie or putting on a face. But it’s a lot harder to accurately pinpoint people who are “real,” because we’re not always sure what that means. Is it being true to yourself? To your friends? To your beliefs? Who really defines that?
The good news for Christians is that we do have a definition of what it means to be real. The bad news is that many so-called Christians don’t ever live that way. Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
We’ve all encountered Christians who say one thing and do another. We call them hypocrites, fakes, phonies, etc. But how often do you look at your own life and ask yourself–am I the fake? In Matthew 7, Jesus says that true believers will be recognized by their fruits–by what their lives produce. So what’s yours producing?
Being “real” in Christ is being obedient to all He commands us to do. We can’t just pick and choose how we want to behave. Unfortunately, that’s how a lot of so-called “Christians” want to act.
Katy Perry, for example, claimed in a Rolling Stones interview that she believes “that Jesus is the Son of God” (August 19 issue, p. 47). However, her life contradicts that statement. Her song lyrics are filled with sexual immorality, and her lifestyle choices are obviously ones that are not pleasing to a holy God. Even a quick evaluation of her fruit indicates that she is not real for Jesus.
A person can only go so far in life pretending to live for Christ. Eventually, it catches up with them. Because people can identify fakes. What about in your life? Are there any things you do that contradict your faith in Christ? Are you living real for Him? Or are there areas where you’re just pretending?
Matthew 7:24 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Jesus says that it’s smart to be real. So get real for Him this year. Stop playing games, and start being true to who you claim to be–a follower of Christ.