Friday, July 22, 2011

Just Motions

"And when they had mocked Him, they took off the purple robe and put His own clothes on Him.  Then they led Him out to crucify Him" (Mark 15:20).

One of the most interesting, yet semi disturbing acts I have ever seen is that of a mime.  They are so serious about what they do.  Their precision is crisp, their timing is incredible, and they can make it look so real.  But, what it all comes down to is a man or a woman going through a whole heap of motions, looking like they're doing something, but really, doing nothing.  It's all an act.  It's a show.

Mark 15:20 reveals a very similar act that was portrayed during the final hours of the life of Jesus before His crucifixion, yet has persisted all through time since.  What they had done on the outside, clothing Him in majestic attire, was contradicted by what was on the inside.  Their actions contradicted their motivation.  It was unsustainable.  Therefore, their original intentions were eventually exposed and carried out.  They had no real intentions of honoring Him.  They were going through the motions, appeasing Him, and essentially, mocking Him.

How often do people, perhaps even ourselves if we're honest, do the very same thing?  Going through the motions can become infectious and catastrophic when it comes to our relationship with Jesus.  We mock, play, sometimes even make sport about showing Him honor, but then we remove the purple robe of honor and authority, and again assume "control" over our situations.

God will not be mocked.  He gets the final word.  We have the opportunity now, right now, to choose whether our worship is real or whether it some crafty, skilled work of dramatic pantomime.  We may be able to fool so many others, including ourselves.  But, God looks passed the motions and into the heart.  When He does, what does He see in you?  Take some time today and ask God to search your heart.  Don't be led by feelings and traditions.  Be genuine and authentic about Jesus being Lord, Savior, and King of your life.

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