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The “R’s” Part Four

April 6, 2009

Realness

John 13:3-5

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

“Keep it real man” – What does that mean anyway? What does real life look like?  Who and what defines that?  Is it defined by what we like or what feels good?

In John 13, it is made pretty clear for us.  Everything was put under Jesus’ power and that he was going to return to God (death, resurrection, and ascension) and what does He do with that power?  He does a servant’s job.  He washes the feet of those who were His servants.  Jesus gives the example of real life is about serving God by serving others.  It is about loving others with the love that we have been loved with.  Being real is being Christ-like.  A follower is one who is becoming like that which he follows.

When I choose to be loving when I am really angry at someone and would rather be mean to them is not being fake.  It is faith.  When I choose to trust in what I can’t see (Jesus) when everything around me tells me I won’t make it isn’t crazy.  It is faith.  It is being real.

What God is after is a people who live out the new nature He places in them through faith in Christ.  When we choose to be real,  as defined by God not man,  we will begin to see and know God on much deeper levels.  We will see the lives of those around us be impacted.  We will see the Church live like the Bride.

 

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One Comment
  1. Amen! and Amen! or stated another way…’Keep the main thing, the main thing!’.. Once again, Scott, the Father has revealed His heart in your writing. Keep it real, dude! Love to all.Doug

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