Luke 12:1-5, (TLB)
"Meanwhile the crowds grew until thousands upon thousands were milling about and crushing each other. He turned now to his disciples and warned them, 'More than anything else, beware of these Pharisees and the way they pretend to be good when they aren't. But such hypocrisy cannot be hidden forever. It will become as evident as yeast in dough. Whatever they have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms shall be broadcast from the housetops for all to hear!'"
When I was a young girl, my father surprised me with a sweet treasure. As I opened my hand, my brown eyes widened in amazement. I couldn't help but gawk at the sparkling sight. It was a gold nugget! It shined in all its array and I often kept it by my bedside so I could admire its "glitter" until I fell asleep.
However, as I grew older, I realized that it was not a gold nugget at all...it was fool's gold. On the outside, both the real gold and the fool's gold appear to be the same but indeed they are very different. The fact is, real gold can be worth over $1,700 per ounce, while you'll be lucky to get a buck for that much pyrite (fool's gold). Don't get me wrong, I still valued the thoughtful treasure my dad gave me as a little girl; but as I matured, I began to understand the difference between the counterfeit and the real deal.
One way to be able to tell the difference between real gold and the fake stuff is to put the minerals through a "streak test". When rubbed against a streak plate, the minerals true colors are revealed. REAL gold leaves behind a vibrant yellow color that's highly reflective to the surrounding light while pyrite typically leaves behind a dark black powder.
I wonder how many of us could distinguish the real thing from the counterfeit? I wonder how many of us, when rubbed the wrong way, will be like pure gold, leaving behind the brilliant light of Jesus Christ? Or maybe, we are more like fool's gold, revealing the true heart by leaving behind a trail of "dark" stuff.
In a world of Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook, it is really easy to portray the lie we want people to believe about us. People confuse a picture that can be produced in a second for a life that is seemingly "perfect".
It takes bold and courageous Christians to be vulnerable. The world is waiting for believers that are willing to lay down their pride, their status quo, and their seemingly perfect christianity for authenticity...that's what's real. Be truthful. It leads to freedom. Yes, it will cost us. It may cost us some pride, maybe our friends, and maybe our status or position. But we will gain the world for Jesus.
Today I challenge every believer to be brave enough to just go there and BE REAL. Living a life of falsehood leads to bondage, but living a life of authenticity leads to freedom (not only yours, but those watching). So let us do some heart searching and ask ourselves this very hard and vulnerable question, "Am I the real deal...like pure gold? Or I'm I inauthentic...like fools gold?"