I've always been taken by Trompe L'oeil art. It draws the viewer into a false sense of reality. Though you know you should not touch the art work...it cries out for you to try. The artist goes to great lengths to make a two dimensional painting look as if three dimensional elements are emerging from the surface. This takes an amazing amount of skill, practice, effort, and intelligence. Being a realistic fake takes a lot of work!
Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?" Then I will tell them plainly, "I never knew you. Away from me, you evil doers!"
I have been in & around church my entire life. I've seen amazing men & women serving God with all that they are & all that they have. They are genuine to their core, and humbly share their victories and struggles of their journey. I've also seen those that play the part. They are the "hypocrites" so many like to blame for the negative perspectives of faith & the church. Their works are from a selfish/self serving place that is not birthed from a realization and acceptance of God's grace & love. What they do takes a great deal of effort in order to keep up the appearances. It takes a lot of work to fake! As believers we are called to live life real/honest. We are called to serve from that place of acceptance. We are called to give from what we have been given. Not that our lives are perfect & that we don't from time to time...fake it. We have been the hypocrite that have turned others off from things of faith & church. However, those that have come into a personal relationship with the Lord will hopefully right their ways, ask for forgiveness, and make amends.
We can not fake it & expect to have an impact on our world!
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