“Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?” (Mark 2:8 NIV)
“But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, ‘Get up and stand in front of everyone.’ So he got up and stood there.” (Luke 6:8 NIV)
We can’t hide things from God. Sadly, many Christians think they need to earn God’s love by doing for God. They live frenetic lives appearing to the world as devoted, wonderful Christians on the outside—while on the inside, they are not being real before God or others.
Some Christians “find Jesus” and then claim they are fixed. They continue to add more to their already over-burdened list of jobs, tasks to do or volunteer positions to accept. They forget the part of scripture that talks about growing through God’s grace.
God wants a relationship, not your “to do” list. God offers the gift of grace, not the burden of the law. He wants a relationship with the real you. Yes, we are called to serve, but we are also called to discern the choices before us.
It’s possible that the true call in our life is to slow down and look at what’s beneath the frenetic drive that continually brings stress rather than God’s peace. Perhaps it is a fear of being real, or maybe it is a reluctance to heal our wounds as we daily put on the perfect, always happy, ever smiling Christian mask. Whatever the reason, God already knows.
Jesus is as real as it gets. Slow down, look at your life and get real with God. When we are more real with God, God is real with us. An honest, intimate, and loving relationship with God shines through the frenetic stress of wearing the false Christian mask. Are you seeking a deeper, more authentic relationship with God? Risk growing—be vulnerable—take off the mask.
If you want to simplify your Christmas and get back to the True Meaning of Giving this year, you will enjoy this Devotional.