“For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you” 2 Corinthians 1:12
I was reading an autobiography of Eric Liddell’s , a missionary to China in the early 1900’s. He shared a story with the boys he was building his life into. Here it is : “Eric had the knack for making his talks simple yet interesting. One day, for example, Eric explained the origins of the English word sincere. He told the boys that it was made up of 2 words, “sine” meaning without, and “cere” meaning wax. He explained that in the past when a sculptor made a statue, he would sign the bottom of it and add the phrase “Sine cere”. In doing so, he was guaranteeing that the work he did on the sculpture had no mistakes that had been covered over with wax to disguise them. Eric told the boys that living the Christian life meant that they did not cover up their character weaknesses and mistakes but instead lived sincere lives.”
I was thinking of this as it applies to my life. I have had many challenges here in LA but by the grace of God I have tried to be true to the pattern of living set forth in the Bible. Integrity means a lot when representing God and what I have seen in LA is that a lot of people are tired of the fake Christians. I was even told when I first got here that please don’t tell me you are a Christian. People are tired of the image of God they are seeing in American Christians….. It’s beyond the differences we might have between “family” members to how we treat each other in the family….This goes to the heart of God. Let’s be followers who take the time to examine our lives. Are we going to have a worldly standard of how we do life or a biblical one?…I read of the Christians who loved God and had a simple faith to lay solid foundations for their disciples….Let’s be those kind of Christ Followers!! I read of people who simply went out to bring God to people in reconciliation…whether their initial salvation through Jesus Christ and/ or resolving relational conflicts among believers ….again, let’s follow!!
To end with an Arlene funny:Why do I love Harry & David fruit covered chocolates? They have no wax!!!