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Who Are You? (published in The North Weld Herald-Voice, 3/31/11)

posted Sep 7, 2013, 1:16 PM by Fccea Webmaster
A sign in a Paris hotel read, "Please leave your values at the front desk." Slight translation error! But so reflective of many of us when no one is looking. At such times we subscribe to the Oscar Wilde philosophy: "The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it."

In such instances, we convince ourselves that such behavior is an aberration. That is not who we really are. We are really the face we present to the world at large. We are the image that we foster, not the law we break. We believe that we are our reputation.
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Want to know who you really are? Track what you do and think when no one is looking. When you are all alone. That is who you really are.

Who are we really? We are what we view on our computer when no one else is looking. We are how we act when away from home and no one knows us. We are what we say when there's no one to hold us accountable. We are what we would do if all constraints were off. That is who we really are.

We think that because we hold a value we are willing to violate when no one is looking that we are the value. In fact, we are the violation! We have just proven that our values are for demonstration -- not from the heart.

Which is why we need new hearts. The Bible teaches that we were all broken in Adam's fall. We all need redemption, cleansing, forgiveness, a new heart. In confessing his sin with Bathsheba, David pleaded in Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." He couldn't do it himself; neither can we. New hearts are creations of God in response to repentance.

God promises in I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." He's done all the work; we have only to repent to receive a clean heart.

The mother with a deaf 16-year-old took a sign language class for parents. Parents were taught a few swear words so they could be aware if their youngsters were using bad language. One day in animated conversation with her daughter, she tested the girl by flashing a couple of swear words. The daughter looked shocked, then quickly flashed back, "Go wash my hands with soap!"

Has your heart been washed by the cleansing "soap" of the blood of Christ? God describes the result in II Cor 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." So, who are you? A new creation? Or the same old rationalizing you? New is better!

By His Grace, Pastor Dave