The world we live in is filled with masks and disguises.  How often do we find ourselves being shocked at the things that are revealed about not only people but products. For example, a certain product has been know know to cause cancer.  A leader who seems to be genuine is discovered to have a double life.  Recently, while watching Fox News, a political analyst said, “A certain candidate is doing well in the polls today, but his enemies have not been able to sling dirt as of yet.”  It was as if this analyst knew there would be some dirt in this person’s life.

So, in a world of masks and disguises, who can we trust?  Here is what Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser,” John 15:1.  Jesus speaking of Himself said, “I am the genuine deal.”  Brothers and sisters in Christ, what an amazing statement.  Our Lord is genuine.  We do not have to worry about digging up some dirt in Jesus life.  Peter writing about Jesus said, “He was holy, harmless, and without spot.”  Paul wrote about Jesus, “He who knew no sin.”  The fact is our Lord and Savior is genuine.

However the question that came to my heart and mind this morning is simply this, “How genuine am I in my faith?”  In this moment it would be easy for me to go down the track of self-improvement or to go down the track of trying to make myself suffer so that I could be genuine.  However, my heart and mind were kept in check by the word of God, “whoever abides in me and I in him, he is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing,” John 15:5.

The Word Of God teaches us that our genuineness comes from being “In Christ” alone.  Our genuineness comes from Christ alone.  It is His grace that has redeemed us from the curse of the Law.  It is His grace that has ransomed us form the penalty for our sin.  It is His grace that has freed us from our state of depravity.  It is His grace that has made us new in Christ and it is His grace that causes us to be genuine in our walk with Him.  Finally it is His grace that helps us to daily understand that our lives are to be lived in genuineness for His glory.

By this my Father is glorified, so that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:8.

When we live genuine lives the world sees the goodness of God within us.  Yes, the world will always be able to bring up dirt from our past.  But praise God, we are not living in the past.  We are living in the present of a forgiven life that is marked by a genuine change because of Christ.  Praise be to His name this very day.

2 Responses to ““Genuine””

  1. marc mullins Says:

    Great post this morning Brother Keith!

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