What’s wrong with these pictures? Look closely. Do you see it? The words on the package actually represent something different than what is inside or what is pictured. That’s right, it can be a mental exercise for the brain to figure out what to do with the incongruence.
It would be bad to get home, before you realize that what you have actually purchased is not what you intended. Let me tell you, if that would aggravate you, I wonder how God feels. You see, he saw us in a pickle down here; all bogged down by sin and made a choice to provide a way out for mankind. Oh we can get a handle on many things ourselves, but there is at least one issue for each of us that requires some supernatural power.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16
Wow, what kind of love is that? It is a love that has given us the opportunity to rise above being a victim of circumstances to more than a conqueror status. This week has challenged me as the summer ends and I try to get back into a regular routine. I know God is stretching me, but there are times when I am challenged to look at the big picture and think, “I can’t possibly do all of that.” That’s when I get my sister friends praying for me, and God reels in my focus, so that my eyes are on him alone. When I sit down and have a little talk with Jesus, everything falls into place. It’s like that Treetop Faith I wrote about.
So how do I see God in these pictures?
Actually, I imagine God wondering what did he really get for the price he paid, the offering of the blood of his only son. You see through Jesus, God purchased salvation, healing, redemption, transformation and provision for us. Now let’s compare our lives to what he purchased.
How do we look? Our bodies are only a shell that houses the true essence of who we are, so we have to look deeper into our inner selves. What are our beliefs? What are our motivations? Do our lives represent the power our God has given us access to, or do we appear to be mislabeled? Do we call ourselves Christian, and refuse to love our brother? Do we wear the label, “children of God”, yet walk in defeat? Imagine a Superman that couldn’t fly or a Spiderman that couldn’t spin a web. It shouldn’t be.
If you are a real shoe lover, and like a certain brand and style of shoes, you are most likely familiar with the fit and feel pretty certain that whether you are in Alabama or California and purchase a pair of those shoes, they will fit the same. Not only that, you could tell if someone tried to substitute another type shoe in its place.
Well, God has purchased you. He created you with unique qualities to enhance the lives of others.
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2
I believe that when you fail to walk in the fullness of what Jesus offers, you are not offering your authentic self to others. Instead, they see only an empty mask covering the shallowness of who you are willing to reveal. Therefore they can’t get the full benefit and blessing of who Jesus created you to be.
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” – Ephesians 4:22-24
So give God what he paid for.
Jesus is our brand and truth is our style.
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.