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Keepin' It Real
Kara VanDyne, 16

Anyone can say keep a smile on his face long enough to make it through a church service or can manage to respond respectfully to authority when given instruction. Anyone can put on a front so that everyone around them would have no reason to think anything is wrong. However, God knows every thought that person is thinking and sees what he does when no one else is present to see. You cannot fool God. No matter how hard you try, He will always see everything that takes place in your life.

In Acts 5:1-10, we read the story of Ananias and Sapphira. This husband and wife sold some property and decided to give a quantity of the money to the church. So far, this sounds like a good thing to do, right? However, when they took the money, Peter asked them if the amount they brought was the full price that the land had been sold for, and they both said that it was. The fact is they had actually held back some of the money they had earned. That is where they went wrong. They blatantly lied about what they were doing, all because it would make them look good in front of everyone else around. But God knew what had really taken place and was aware of how much of the money they were actually giving. Because of their deceitfulness, God instantly struck them both dead.

Just like Ananias and Sapphira, we can fool anyone around us, but we will never fool God. Everyone at our church or Christian school can see us and think that everything in our life is grand and glorious and that we are faithfully living our lives for the Lord. People can notice our smile and believe we have joy. The truth is sometimes we’re only putting on a front. Inside there could be bitterness, a wrong attitude, pride, selfishness, immorality, or some other sin that needs to be taken care of. Allow me to remind you today that even though man only looks on your outward appearance, God most certainly can see what is concealed in your heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

Is that genuine godliness that people see when they look at your life? Or is that only what you want people to think you are? If you are not truly living a godly life for the Lord, I trust you will begin today!