I was driving to church this past Sabbath and I looked down at myself and noticed the wood grain of the car I’m driving, the suit I’m wearing, the watch I have on and I laughed, because I didn’t have a dollar in my pocket. But I said to myself, “I sure look the part!”
Often times the phrase comes to my head that 20% of the people in church do 80% of the work. That means that 80% are just “looking the part”. I am definitely in that 20% but I do not say that to boast. The Bible makes it clear:
Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:9 NLT
You see friends we are here on this earth to do God’s work and to do what Jesus commissioned His disciples to do:
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Mark 16:15
I believe that our life on this earth is our proving ground to prepare us for the life in Heaven. I believe that we are here to learn how to live in Heaven. Loving our neighbor as yourself, worshiping God, studying His word. We will be transformed when we are caught up in the air at Jesus’ Second coming, but the true transformation begins right here and right now.
One of my favorite stories is in Matthew 25 : 34-40
34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Friends let us live the part and not look the part. Let us strive every day to prepare ourselves for God’s kingdom and strive to be in that 20%.
May the Holy Spirit help you as you seek to “Live the part and not look the part”.
Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!