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GIVING UP THE ACT

Elaine Creasman & Melissa Walker

The other night, as I was reading
a book about authentic Christianity,
a thought came to my mind:
God doesn’t want me
to act like a Christian.
I confess, Lord, that I’m
an excellent actor when it
comes to my walk with you.
I tend to pretend to be holy.
I play the part of someone
who’s following hard after you,
with lines expertly delivered,
rather than actually following.

Read about walking in faith in Matthew 21:28-31a.

Lord, please forgive me
for taking this acting role,
evidenced by talking, not walking.
Help me to stop acting
and to start being like Christ.

—Elaine Creasman

 

FREE TO BE ME: I was walking in the hall with my friends when someone bumped into a guy, scattering all of his books. I wondered what my friends would think if I helped him. Then I remembered that I am not bound by what they think. I am free to be me, and the “me” I have always known is the one living for Christ. So I helped the guy pick up his stuff, and we’ve been friends ever since.

Don’t let other people’s opinions—real or imagined—keep you from being a Christian; you’re stronger than that. Instead, ask God to give you courage to be like Christ.

—Melissa Walker

 

—from devozine (September/October 2009). Copyright © 2009 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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