Friday, June 8, 2012

Do you have measles or chicken pox?

What's the diagnosis? Is it chicken pox or measles? Have you been to the doctor?  Did he tell you what you had?  Or did you self diagnose?

Well let's say for arguments sake (though my disclaimer here would be that I NEVER pick a fight), you have chicken pox.  You can tell everyone you have measles,until you are literally blue in the face.  You can lie about it, speak the lingo of measles (if there's such a thing, could be taking this analogy too far - but bear with me), you could cover your face up with make up. 

The problem is that they are going to catch what you have, not what you say you have.

We talk the language of Christianity with our friends, we write blogs about our love for the Lord, we teach our children about God

But what have we got?
What is the real condition of our heart?

Do we really love him and serve him, or is it all just religious acts that we tick off on a to do list!  Do we speak about the church and unity, yet refuse to go because of offense or unforgiveness?  Do we share about loving God and loving our neighbours, but can't even love our husbands?

Our children, our friends, our family, our neighbourhood - are not going to catch what we say we are, they going to catch who we are.  For me, this is a challenging thing to face up to. Because I know it can be easy to pretend, cover up, or present a specific picture to the world.  But I want to not just be a poster board for Christ I want to be a person of influence, I want to be like salt - but I can only do that when who I say I am, is what I am.

This is not my own chicken pox/measles analogy but one, which I have heard many times.

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  2. Wow Mel... I hadn't heard that analogy until now... Certainly rings true! And I think that integrity comes from a knowledge of having been reconciled to him and that we are in the ministry of reconciliation 2 Cor 5:15-21. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I often think about God's words about himself "I am" (who I was, who I am and who I will be remains continuous, everlasting and unchanging). We need to be like that.

  3. Is it possible to have a chicken pox and a measles in the same period of time?

  4. Great food for thought. I haven't heard that analogy before, you worded it well.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. the funny thing is this analogy was shared with me almost 10 years ago, but it's one that has always stuck with me!

  5. they are going to catch what you have, not what you say you have..... liked this verse.


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