Linda Wood Rondeau

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THE REAL DEAL
5/16/2018 7:40:00 PM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

The Real Deal

 

 

 

I still have the following smart advice from a former pastor:

“The only way to be genuine is to have Jesus Christ. Some fish know the difference between artificial bait and the real deal. If you don’t have the right bait, as soon as the fish pulls on the bait, you’ll lose him. He will spit the artificial worm out.”

How much smarter are people than fish? Well, some might argue either not much or maybe a little brighter. Still, people know when you’re the real deal or not. If you profess to be an expert in something—let’s say history—and you put in a wrong date or misrepresent a historical event—there will be those who might be fooled; however, you can be sure someone will call you out on your mistake. They will question your position as an expert.

In spiritual matters, people can tell if you walk the talk or not.

They will want to see if what you do matches what you say.

 

When I think about this truth, I am hit with an awesome responsibility. How do we avoid being a talker instead of a walker?

I am struck by this concept. That unless our walk is by habit rather than design, we will fall flat. When we allow the Spirit to take full control of our lives, our Christ-like actions will become more and more purposeful rather than for show.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead. they put it on the stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV).

 

Inner light that is Spirit-driven cannot be hidden
When your light is from the Spirit, it will bless others
People will praise God, not you.

 

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