If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
I went shopping yesterday.
It was a brief trip– I knew exactly what I wanted to buy from a leather goods dealer.
Walking up to the display of purses, wallets and bags, I saw an array of other items on a table nearby.
There was a tray of rings.
They looked like beautiful gemstones surrounded by diamonds.
Somewhat intrigued by how nice they looked, I actually picked one up and looked at it.
Even though they looked so nice, I knew they weren’t genuine.
They weren’t locked in a secure glass case, protected from would-be thieves.
I knew if I purchased one that it would look lovely on my finger for a short time, but then it’s true nature would become apparent.
After awhile, the finish on the inexpensive metal would begin to wear off and my skin would likely turn green in response to contact with it.
They may have looked like something of great value, but on closer inspection, these rings were practically worthless.
Our walk with the Lord must be genuine.
If we are only claiming to be forgiven and redeemed, while we actually have no relationship with Jesus, we are lying and not really being truthful.
We may look “good” on the outside–our lives may seem to be in right relationship with Him–but when Jesus looks deep within our hearts, He knows if we are genuinely desiring to live for Him or not.
If we are only pretending, we are lying and not living out the truth.
Jesus is ready to accept us fully, just as we are.
When we repent and ask for forgiveness, committing our lives to Him, everything changes….