Month: May 2012

Are You For Real?

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Finding “real” people these days is a hard task.  Don’t you wish that people would just be themselves no matter who they are around?  Aren’t you tired of empty words or promises that you know a person has no intention of fulfilling?  How about the person who is always nice to you, but behind your back, they insult you or talk bad about you?  Have you seen a church leader be one person at church, but someone different outside of it?  These people must stay exhausted from all of the flip-flopping!

God clearly tells us how we should behave in Philippians 2:15:   So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any  ffection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus;  (Philippians 2:1-5 ESV)

I’m not sure how anyone could read that passage and walk away without re-evaluating themselves and their behavior towards others.  God wants us to be real – meaning He wants us to be the same to all people by being just like Him.  Did Jesus make empty promises?  Did Jesus smile at people, being kind to them, but turn around and tell a disciple that He really didn’t like that person?  Of course not!  When Jesus said something, His people knew He meant it and that He was honest and true.  Jesus was REAL.  We are told to be just like Him.

When you make a promise – keep it.  When you speak to others – be the same person to their face as you are behind their back – like Jesus.  When you see a person in need – help them.  When you see someone hurting – comfort them.  When you see someone who needs a smile – give them a genuine one.  When you see someone who needs to know Jesus – lead them.

I have been blessed with real people as friends in this life.  Though they are few, I would choose these few over a ton of “fake” friends.  I have an overwhelming feeling of love and trust for these people because I know that they are who they are.  They don’t pretend and they try to lead their lives Christlike.  I’m sorry to say that Christlike people are the minority in this world, but for every one of us that strives to be more like Him, many more people can be introduced to real people.

So tell me, are you for real?