Being Real!

Last Sunday morning one of the things I mention in the sermon was a line from a song – Being Real.  It means that we are the same no matter what happens in life.  If you are successful, not being changed by success.  No matter what happens you remain who you are and live with the character and principles you believe in.

Being real as a Christians is important. What does it mean to be a real Christian?  Or, what does it mean to not be real?  Here are a few ideas…

You say you believe in the Bible, but never read it…

Being honest with God in money matters, but not giving as one should…

Proudly proclaiming your church membership, but not attending regularly or inviting others to church…

Recognizing others need the Lord, but not working to bring them to Christ…

Saying the church needs dedicated members, but not being one…

Offering “constructive” criticism of some workers, but never working…

Saying the church should do more in ministering to people, but not helping…

Believing in the Lord’s Second Coming, but living as though the Lord will never return…

Believing prayer changes things, but not praying…

Being real is as James describes: Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith!

In a cartoon Garfield the Cat looks out the window and sees Odie the Dog peering through the window on a cold winter night (kind of like Michigan weather this year).  Garfield thinks to himself, Here I am in the comfort of a warm house, well fed, and there is Odie outside begging to get in, cold and hungry.  I can’t stand it anymore. I just can’t stand it.  So… he goes to the window and closes the curtains!

James 2:15: If a brother or sister is ill clad and in lack of daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled”, without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?   So faith by itself, if it has no works is dead.