Points to Ponder: Start Wearing the Power Suit
Points to Ponder
Start Wearing the Power Suit
The role you play influences how people treat you. This is what an Academy award-winning actress shared in a recent radio interview. She said that when she played the role of queen, wearing all the expensive, gorgeous regal finery, it seemed to affect how others on and off the set treated her. She likewise found that if she played a scrub woman, even if it was the lead character in the production, she was treated with comparatively lesser respect.
There is power, it seems, in what one puts on. Maybe that's why we hate hypocrisy so much.
In the Greek language and culture of New Testament times, a hypocrite was literally an actor, one who plays a role. Hypocrisy is simply acting. Today we describe a hypocrite as one who says one thing and does another; a person who is not in truth what he/she appeared to be. If a false image can influence people, how much more can the true?
But what a thought! If, as the actress said, people are influenced by the character we put on, what would happen if we truly strived to be the person we claim to be in Christ? ("To be or not to be?" - that really is the question.) If you claim to be a Christian, one who believes that Jesus Christ is God who became flesh (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-11) and died for your sins, rose from the dead, gave you eternal life, and will never leave you nor forsake you (Romans 5:8; 6:23; 10:9-10), then what difference has that made in you?
Take this simple promise from Jesus.
"Most assuredly I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life" (John 5:24 NKJV).
Again, note that last line: "has passed from death into life." Present tense. Likewise, Jesus says later: "whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die" (John 11:26). If you know that death can't kill you, shouldn't that affect how you are living? As one friend of mine said, "Jesus has made death safe for us." You will go through death, but death cannot go through you.
So if we allow the world and its stage to dictate the role we play, if we conform to the limited perspectives of this fallen world, how much influence can we have? Who reforms whom?
"...present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." (Romans 12:1b-2a NKJV)
If you submit to rolling with the flow and logic of the culture, allowing the passing dictates and priorities of the day to form you, then how can your faith be anything of substance or power in your life? Paul has warned that this would be a major problem among so-called Christians in the latter days.
"...having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people, turn away" (II Timothy 3:5 NKJV).
Wearing the name "Christian" is not the same as putting on Christ. Who ought to be defining what you are? What is the standard with which you measure yourself, your character, your brief and fleeting contribution to this chapter in history? Scripture reminds the believer:
"For you are all sons (and daughters) of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ Jesus have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:26-27 NKJV).
Why do we allow so many lesser things to define who we are and to set limits upon what we can do? If an actor pretending to be a child of royalty can influence those around her, what can a child of the King of the Universe do if he or she will simply and deliberately put on what God has given in Christ Jesus? And how do we influence our little corner of the world? Be "transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). Don't just claim the faith with your words; let the faith claim your very life. Become what you say you believe. Stop what needs to be stopped - and start what needs to be going in you and flowing through you TODAY.
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts." (Romans 13:12-14 NKJV).
Make a difference for the glory of the One who made a difference in YOU.
Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship, of Clear Spring, MD. These articles are also found at www.HilltopChristianFellowship.com