April Roberts • Children's Director • april@thevinecc.tv

April Roberts • Children's Director • april@thevinecc.tv

We live in a culture where it’s common to share everything publicly. Look at your Facebook timeline. What do you see? Pictures of home cooked meals, perfect marriages, clean houses, what your kids are up to, etc. Every detail of our lives is blasted for all to see. Many times these posts are intended to reflect our true lives, but are they really doing just that? Or are they reflecting only what we want people to think about our lives? This reminds me of the story in Matthew 23 when Jesus was talking to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” –Matthew 23: 25-26

We love to show the shiny and clean parts of our lives! Why the heck are we doing this? To seek approval, gain confidence, feel important or even feel worthy from our friends and family? Seeking approval from others is ultimately only going to leave us feeling unworthy. Nobody’s life is Facebook perfect. We all have the messy inside of our cup and dish. But God sees it all and guess what? He wants us! He wants the stressful day, the messy house, the tumbleweed infested flowerbed, the struggling marriage and the burned dinner. We can come to Him free from the layers that we hide behind. We can find confidence and reassurance in our messy lives because of who we are in Him!

Let’s get real. Don’t be afraid to take off the layers and share your true lives with others. And remember, you have all of the reassurance of who you are in Christ!

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20