The Real Deal


On Brennon’s seventh birthday, my in-law's gift was four pairs of shoes. The shoes were not the issue, as was the bag they were in. In haste to make it to the party, my mother-in-law did not have time to gift wrap the shoes or get a birthday gift bag. Instead, she went to the trunk of her car and put the shoes in some bags she had from a store she had recently shopped. All the gifts were placed on a table, and I simply took a picture. It was not until I received several text messages and responses to the post I had put on my social media platforms that I took notice of something I had overlooked. You see, the bags my mother-in-law put the shoes in were Louis Vuitton store bags. One post said, “Brennon gets Louis Vuitton for his seventh birthday; I am going to start hanging with him.” The reality is that inside the store bags was not anything from Louis Vuitton. It was, however, two shoeboxes of Sperry’s and two shoeboxes of Nikes. The bags said one thing, but the content was something else.


Does your outward appearance match your inward character? Remember, “the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7 ESV). We are warned over again in scripture not to “take pride in outward appearance rather than the heart.” (2 Corinthians 5:12 ESV)


The Christian life is a matter of the heart. You can make all of the posts you choose, and you can provide all of the pictures that suggest who you are. Here is the truth; you know the truth. You know if you live up to who God has called you to be. And, when we are falling short or when there is a contradiction between our outward perception and our inward reality, it is a matter of the heart.


What is the distance between your heart and God?


What is the difference between your outward appearance to others and your inward appearance before God? Do they match?


What are the areas of private hypocrisy, areas where in my life where I know I am falling short, that exist?


Are you the real deal? Or are you living a life of hypocrisy. Be true to yourself. Be true to others.


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