Mistaken identity has always been a major issue when it comes to society. Even among the saints, when we miss identify or misunderstand a spiritual matter, we get lost and miss the blessing. Two years ago, a Chinese zoo lost their lion as it died due to old age. This lion was the star attraction to the zoo and people came from the whole country to catch a glimpse of this rare cat. Fearing that the number of visitors would drastically drop, someone came up with the brilliant idea to bring in a large giant Dog and paint it just like the lion. So they brought in the Tibetan mastiff with its large size and giant coat and painted it brown like the lion. For about a week the crowds kept coming in and taking pictures with this lion until it roared, or shall we say barked! Kids run off in terror and pandemonium broke out in the city as to why the lion sounded like a dog.
The point here is that we must diligently school ourselves in faith so we know what it is as we dedicate our lives to walking by faith. Don’t run off with a cheap copy that may look like the real deal when in fact it is far from it. Many Christians, like the fake Chinese lion look the part, act the part, until it comes to hearing what is inside them. Many books have been written on what The Christian Faith is and many more will be written with time. Diligently take time to ensure your faith is the real deal and not a matter of mistaken identity. Three things about Faith are unavoidable. The basis of this faith, its foundation. The expression of this faith, how it is manifested. And the resolve of this faith, the depth.
SCRIPTURE READING: James 1:1-8 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
DEVOTION PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I continue to dedicate my life unto this faith. As your child, may I diligently ensure that this faith is real in Jesus’ name.