What or who are you pretending to be?
March 9, 2017, 5:00 AM

Do you remember when you where a child every game you played involve pretending.  You played cowboys and Indians or tea party (or whatever game girls played), and it didn’t take any effort to envision a box as a pirate ship or a castle, in fact, that sort of make-believe is critical to a child's development.  Children love to pretend, but the plan is to quit pretending when you are an adult and learn to see and accept reality. If only. I bet you know plenty of other adults who are still pretending. Single people move in with each other and pretend to be married. Married people act as though they are single. Many people pretend that their lives are fine, while they are in bondage to tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.  People pretend to be financially successful, when they are staggering under enormous debt such giant mortgages, mountains of loans, and maxed-out credit cards.


The worst thing is when you pretend that you are morally good enough for God. You can blame other people for your sins. You can compare yourself with people farther down the food chain and feel superior. You can indulge in selective memory, remembering only what makes you look good.  But and it’s a big But.  God has a different view of us and it’s not the one we are pretending to be, He sees us as we truly are.  “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” Hebrews 4:13 


This scripture tells us we must accept reality, because we are accountable to God for it.  Living in a state of spiritual denial is deadly, especially spiritual self denial. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). You need help and I need help. We all need God’s help.  “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Romans 3:23-24 No matter what your situation is today, you have to acknowledge the realty of who we are and ask Jesus makes us right in his sight. Jesus is the only who can free us from the penalty of our sin and pretending.  What or who are you pretending to be?  Will you quit pretending and admit to God who you really are and what you really need?


This is my Prayer:  God help me to accept the reality of who I am, and the fact that I need you.  Teach me not to live in my delusions or denial, but live in Your grace.  Lord help to be honest with myself and with You.  Jesus I know You know exactly who and what I am, and You still love me and made a way for me to be right in Your sight.  Lord I give all I am to You free me from my sin and give me real life.  In Jesus name, Amen.