“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.”
1 Timothy 1:5
I love terra cotta pots.
I love uniquely shaped pots – like urns, bowls, troughs – anything that looks interesting, I wanna put a plant in.
But – I’m also cheap.
I look at the unique pots in specialty stores and start to get excited.
Then, I look at the price, and put them down.
Last fall I found a bunch of urn shaped pots second hand, wheeled and dealed, and brought them home.
Today, I added a faux finish that turned ordinary plastic pots into extraordinary terra cotta masterpieces. (Well, not really. But they look like the real deal!)
And it got me thinking.
See, we can look like we have faith. We can talk the talk, go to the right places, be seen with the right people. We can seem like we know what we’re doing.
But sometimes, it’s just a surface thing. It only goes skin deep. And faith that doesn’t sink into our bones and make a difference in our day to day lives is just that.
A faux finish.
Jesus isn’t about putting on a new suit and playing a part. It’s about inner change. Regeneration. A dedication to walk the walk as well as talking the talk. This isn’t a dab of paint with a sponge. It’s a lifestyle of purposeful discipleship.
It’s following Jesus so closely, we start acting and talking and being more like Him.
It’s easy to say you have faith. It’s harder to live like your faith counts for something.
I don’t want to have a faux faith. I want my faith to count. I want the truth to change me. I want to stay focused on Jesus so deeply that I can’t help but be revolutionized by His presence.
That takes time. Persistence. Patience.
And practice. A lot of practice.
Work to make you faith real with me?
Father, Your purpose is to create lasting change in our lives as we work out our faith in practical ways. Teach us how to love and serve well. Show us how to remain engaged in the transformation process. And help us to be genuine! Amen.