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Time To Get Real!

August 15, 2014

Greetings,

“Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  Romans 12: 9-12

Wow, what a packed passage that is?  Love must be sincere, real and not feigned!  How true is that?  My Greek professor in college told us that the word used for sincere comes from the arts.  It means without wax.  You see sculptors of that day needed to pick the best marble for their creations.  Unscrupulous ones would pick cheap marble with many flaws and would fill in the cracks and crevasses with wax in order to deceive potential buyers.  Artists who were real would let any flaws in the rock show for what they were naturally.  So in the context of relationships to be sincere is to allow any shortcomings, flaws or blemishes to show.  It is all about being REAL and NOT fake or deceptive.   In Jesus it is totally fine to be exactly who you are, without the need to cover up or conceal anything.  It is time to ditch the fig leaves!   Because we all fall short of the ideal, but His love compensates and makes us whole, complete and mature.  And it takes two real people to make a real relationship.  Anything less than real just compromises the relationship and damages the connection.  Jesus emptied Himself and became fully human and real for us.  Should we give Him and others any less in return?

Because of Him we can be joyful in hope.  Knowing full well that our joy will be made fully complete in Him allows us to have hope through the most difficult of circumstances and times.  We can be patient in affliction because He is our healer and He is never slow in keeping His promise.  Then we can remain faithful in prayer because He has remained faithful to us and brought us through many valleys of the shadow of death.  Being connected to Him via sincere love gives us the motivation to press forward in spite of our obstacles and troubles.

In closing I would like to say that I just love sincerity and that it is the single greatest thing that I look for in people with whom I want to relate with in this life.  It is better to be sincerely wrong about something than phony and right.  Jesus can work greatly through a person who is sincere and real, but dishonesty can severely limit our capacity to live, love and relate to Him and others.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

p.s.  I love simple, relational, organic, home fellowship because I feel it helps us to be sincerely authentic and real on every level.  It is hard to hide and slide by in a living room full of mutual peers.  Plus when open, gut level sharing by all is the norm it does not take long for deep and sincere relationships to develop and thrive. 

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. I didn’t know that the ancient sculptors used wax to hide the flaws in the marble to misrepresent the quality of their work/achievement. This is such a great example to explain your point and very true. Thinking about that makes me think of self-righteousness — how when we are self-righteous we are filling in the cracks with self and it is such a sham, for the product we create in this way is inferior, As followers of Christ we really do need to be real — meaning truthful and humble in our interactions with others to represent Jesus. When we are with others of like mind real fellowship will happen.

  2. Thanks Kirk, I always would rather get true fruit from the real tree. I once saw a bunch of trees, had fruit hanging on all over them, it was amazing. Then I saw one tree with one fruit on it, and it didn’t look as well as all those others. I heard take a bite of the fruit? So I did, (not from the one that had only one on it) I went to those trees with the over abundance of fruit.

    I got a mouthful of wax, spit it out and went to the next tree and the next, some had more wax than others and yet all were fake fruit. I went up to the tree that had only one piece fruit, and in my conscience I could not eat this trees only piece of fruit. Then I heard go ahead take a bite and eat it.
    Talk about succulent fruit, real, I wanted more and as I looked back at that tree, another piece of fruit took the place of the other, and as I ate another, another one kept appearing. It was like Manna from Heaven, and I remembered the woman at the well about the water if you drink of Christa water, you will never thirst again. Thus I understood it is not about popularity it is about sincere lover one to another, in not condemning another, seeing how now I see by eating this real fruit I am not condemned by Yeweh, (God) thanks to Yeshua (Jesus). So it is so easy, yet hard being in this world full of corruption, praying we all taste this one fruit and only true fruit from Yeweh to live here and now in true love of God in this present dark world with leaving passion unto compassion

  3. Ramma permalink

    Eching everyones wonderful thoughts here and continuing from the “flavor of the true fruit”….it is like “my sheep hear my voice and another they will not follow”. Truth has a distinct sound, it is clear and not confusing, it is NOT burdened down with false/fake rules that man calls religion. Etc. The only cost is a converted heart with a desire to know Him more. Everything else will fall into place as it should be. With Truth we will be able to see where there is false wax to cover blemishes, etc. Thank you all for your thoughts today. Have a blessed weekend.

  4. "BK" permalink

    Reminds me of the hope in Jeremiah 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

    2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

    3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

    4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

    I was so touched in realizing we don’t have to be afraid to be ‘marred’….it doesn’t end or hinder our way, but we can be REAL before the Potter and trust He will create and re-create and form and mold and correct and build up and let us BE COMPLETE IN HIM. So much hope.

    Also, once I was pondering about God not looking on sin, etc and wondering how that could be when we KNOW He sees EVERYTHING! A big rock appeared before me (plain and kind of ugly) and He asked me what I saw. “A big rock”. The He said, “This is what I see” and contained in that rock was a beautiful eagle. He said “I see you like a sculptor sees His masterpiece. All around you is flesh and impurity that IS NOT who you are. I simply cut away what’s not you to free you to be who you are.” Then He reminded me of when Paul said, “I know in me, THAT IS IN MY FLESH, dwells no good thing….”. Paul differentiated between his flesh and who he really is in Christ and in us DOES dwell Goodness.

    Anyway, I just said all this to say, amen, Christopher. Love, “BK”

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