Be Real!

Dr. Charles S. Mims By Dr. Charles S. Mims, 2nd Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3l9dyt1d/
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Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. ”All of you listen,” he said, ”and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart. (Mark 7:14-15, NLT)

Keep it Real All The Time

Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. ”All of you listen,” he said, ”and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart. (Mark 7:14-15, NLT)




A man is stumbling through the woods totally drunk when he comes upon a preacher baptizing people in the river. He proceeds to walk into the water and subsequently bumps into the preacher.


The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon he asks the drunk, “Are you ready to find Jesus?”


The drunk answers, “Yes, I am.”


So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water. He pulls him up and asks the drunk, “Brother, have you found Jesus?”


The drunk replies “No, I haven’t found Jesus.”


The preacher shocked at the answer, dunks him into the water again for a little longer this time. He again pulls him out of the water and asks again, “Have you found Jesus, my brother?”


The drunk again answers, “No, I haven’t found Jesus.”


By this time the preacher is at his wits end and dunks the drunk in the water again – but this time holds him down for about 30 seconds and when he begins kicking his arms and legs he pulls him up.


The preacher again asks the drunk, “For the love of God, have you found Jesus?”


The drunk wipes his eyes and catches his breath and says to the preacher, “Are you sure this is where he fell in?”


Do you think maybe they just weren’t communicating? This old drunk and the preacher? The preacher just took for granted that the ol’ fellow would know what he was talking about and didn’t take the time to explain things to him.


Jesus was afraid of the same thing happening when he addressed the people in our text. He told them to listen and try to understand what he was about to say. He wasn’t going to be very “churchy” so they might miss His point.


You see, Jesus was talking to the religious folk. They understood the religious jargon, and could spout thees, thous, thos, and shalts with the very best of them. They could stand up on the street corner and pray prayers that could be published in a poetry compilation. They would thump the scroll so hard it would come unwound. These were the people that stood in front of others and preached the condemnation and vengeance of God.


Yet in spite of all their good “churchiness” they were not living what they were speaking. They were all twisted up in knots over what they could or could not eat, and had forgotten all about their actions.




Be real! When you encounter people in your everyday life, be real! When people ask you about what God is doing, be real! It’s too much work, and uses to much energy to maintain a façade. Forget about all of that and just be you. Don’t act like a good Christian. Be one.

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Devotion, Devotional, Devotions, Hypocrisy, Living Well, Positive Approach, Positive Attitude, Positive Reading

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Charles Mims has been the pastor at South Peninsula Baptist Church in the heart of Daytona Beach for fifteen years.

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