"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40 NRSV)

A man bought a mousetrap for his basement. When he went down to set it, he realized he had forgotten to buy any cheese. So he cut a picture of cheese from a magazine and placed it on the trap. Surprisingly enough, it worked. When he went down to check the trap, he found a picture of a mouse!

Now we know that the picture of the cheese and mouse was not the real thing. We, however, must be real in our Christian walk.

It is not easy being a real Christian. Helping a stranger when you might be putting yourself in danger; telling the truth when no one else is willing to take a stand; giving your time to the church when you are already too busy are all things that may be hard to fulfill as a Christian. But, God wants the real thing.

God doesn't want us to just write a check. God wants our hands and feet. God wants our time. God wants to be a priority. God doesn't want a photograph Christian.


Dear Jesus, you were the real thing. With you in my heart, help me to also be real for our Father in heaven. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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