In Revelation, John writes letters to the different churches, with God's message to them. To the church of Sardis, His message is: "I know your works; you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead. Be alert and strengthen what remains, which is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before My God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; keep it, and repent. But if you are not alert, I will come like a thief, and you have no idea at what hour I will come against you." (Revelation 3:1b-3)
We recently heard Francis Chan give an example that hit home. I will pass that along to you. Take a few minutes to think about this:
If I were to interview your friends and the people you hang around, what would they say about you? If I were to ask them to list everything they thought about you and your character, what would their list look like?
Now, let's pretend that I could go to God and ask Him everything He knows about you...inside and out, all the public and private stuff...what would that list look like?
Think on that for a bit. In your mind, place the 2 lists on a balance scale, with one side being the list your friends would say about you and the other being the list of what God knows about you. What does the scale look like? Is it balanced or lopsided?
Really think on this because it matters... What does your balance scale say about you?
This struck me. I mean...this just cuts through all the airs and masks and pretense, doesn't it?
What is it that God sees when He looks through the outer shell and into the inner self?
Who's opinion really matters here? Are my works complete before the Lord? He will come like a thief at some unknown hour when I'm busy with life. What then? Will the balance scale be the way it should be? Will He be pleased?
Right now, is He pleased when He looks at the bare naked truth of my life?
"For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ." Galatians 1:10
Who are you really? Reputation has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's a false weight. It is hay and stubble. All that matters is what you are when you stand before a holy God. Are we really serious about obeying Him, following Him and serving Him?
Or are we focusing instead on perfecting these masks that people see when they glance our way?
If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.