Are you faking your relationship with God?
If you’re a movie buff you may be familiar with the infamous words of Orlando Jones in the film, Double Take, “You ain’t representing…you ain’t keepin’ it real!” Even though it’s more than a decade old, some of my friends and I still use that line on one another.
If you want meaningful and lasting relationships you’ve got to “keep it real“, which means being honest and intentional about the time you spend together. If you’re not authentic in a relationship, before long the other person will know that you’re merely faking it and the relationship will inevitably end.
For any relationship to thrive it must be authentic-that goes for our relationship with God, too. You can’t fake a relationship with God. Sure, you can make everyone else think that you are spiritual by sporting religious apparel and even boasting about your faith, but eventually you’ll get found out. There will come a time when you’re tempted, or some type of crisis occurs, and your faith will not be strong enough to help you stand up in the face of adversity. The older I get the more I see this to be true in my own life. I have an intense need to spend more time with God every single day and to be more honest with Him about my struggles. I have become utterly dependent upon His grace. If for some reason I miss a day of confession, and reading my Bible and journaling, I just feel “out of whack”-it’s like a thousand times worse than missing your morning cup of coffee.
I haven’t always desired authenticity with God. It’s embarrassing to admit, but in years past I would go a few days without confession, and without reading my Bible. But when it came to letting God steer my decision-making process, or needing Him to help me refrain from sinful habits, I had very little power to do so. Thankfully, that has changed, and it’s because along the way I made a conscious decision to be more disciplined about spending designated time with God, daily. That discipline has produced fruit in my life. It has provided me with the ability to hear from God more clearly and to let His Spirit lead me.
I’m not sure how often you spend time with God, how much you read your Bible, pray, and listen to Him, but I want to encourage you to be very honest with yourself and make an assessment. Ask yourself the question, “Am I keepin’ it real or just faking it?” Maybe God is leading you to exit this website and either head over to BibleGateway.com, or open up your hard copy Bible and spend some time reading His Word and listening to His voice.
Think about it.