Be the Real Deal.

Be the real deal


"So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth." - 1 John 1:6 (NLT)


I used to think everything that looked and felt real was real, but now I understand that what seems to be real isn't always.

I remember how excited I was to attend my friend's wedding over seven years ago. She was the first of my sorority sisters to get married.

The wedding was in Alabama, so a group of friends and I drove there from Atlanta early in the morning. By the time the reception started (hours later), we were famished.

When our dinner came, I questioned the chicken on my plate—it looked a little different. It was a leg and thigh quarter, but the meat was oddly white on the inside.

I'm funny when it comes to meat, so I was reluctant to eat it. None of my friends shared my suspicions, so I ate the chicken anyway.

As if on cue, when I ate the very last bite of my food, one of the servers came over and asked us if we enjoyed the duck.

The duck? It was duck, no wonder.

I knew something was unusual about the meat. But all dressed up with gravy and garnish, it looked just like chicken. I felt deceived.

I imagine that’s how people feel when they meet judgmental Christians who don't practice what they preach. A taste of one pretender can understandably make a person question who or what to trust.

I've met my fair share of "counterfeit Christians." I used to be one. And the funny thing is, I didn’t even know it.

It wasn't until I started to grow spiritually, and surround myself with mature believers, that I realized how much of a fraud I was.

There's a difference between someone who's living for God and someone who just says they are.

"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." - 1 John 1:5-7

I love the story in the Bible about a group of Jews who tried to use the name of Jesus to cast out evil spirits. The problem was that they were fakes—they didn't know Jesus as Lord.

They tried to duplicate the power of the Holy Spirit to perform special miracles but they were challenged.

One time when they tried to cast out an evil spirit, the evil spirit said, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” (Acts 19:15)

Even the evil spirit knew they were frauds.

I once heard that banks train their employees to recognize counterfeit money by having them study real bills, not fakes. I don't know if that's true or not, but I love the idea of going directly to the source.

The Word of God is the ultimate source of truth. If you're unsure of something, go directly to the Word of God—not Google or blogs talking about the Bible.

People can easily deceive you, but God's Word will not.

Imagine how many people would be encouraged to trust God if our lives reflected what we say and believe. We can't change those around us, but we can let God change us from the inside out.

God desires for us to be authentic followers when people are watching, and even when they aren't. If you have an area of your life where your authenticity is questionable, give it to God, and find out what's holding you back from being your best self.

Being a Christian doesn't mean you have to be perfect—no one is. But it does mean that we should do our best to let God's light shine through us in every area of our lives and at all times.

Let's be the real deal.

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- Mags