In today’s world, we’re inundated with claims. If you spend any time watching t.v. or out in the world you are bound to run across a product claiming something.
50% less butter!
Tastes just like chicken!
As consumers, we are supposed to train ourselves in how to best evaluate these claims. Fact is, claims can be misleading. Some can be downright deceitful. It’s important for us to evaluate these claims or else you may be spending your money on a product that’s not doing what you think it’s doing.
The same goes for ourselves. We make a lot of claims, but do we ever ask if they are true?
For example, I took my son to get his haircut today. On the way back, we raced up the steps and he was ahead of me and shouted, “I’m chasing you!” Now, cut him some slack, he’s not even three yet, but do you see the problem? He’s running ahead of me shouting, “I’m chasing you!” His actions didn’t match his claim.
This past week, I read a book about Christians sharing their faith. Part of the popular Christian vernacular is to claim, “we are fishers of men.” But the book questioned this claim. In short, it asked: If there was a people who talked about fishing, held fishing conferences, bought books about fishing, prayed about fishing, thought about fishing, and built big expensive tanks, but never fished…can you really call them fishermen?
What do you claim to be? Do you claim to be compassionate? Do you claim to be a fishermen? Do you claim to love God? Love others?
I’ve admitted numerous times, my heart is to be a servant of all. I long to serve my community. My claim is to Become Last. But so often, my life proclaims, “Me first!”
Ask yourself today: Who do I claim to be? Does my life match up to that? Would people describe me this way? Would God describe me this way?
Don’t take this as a guilt trip or depressing exercise. It’s meant to be a catalyst for change. I would hate to go through life believing I’m one thing, when in reality my life screams I’m something else. If we evaluate everything else in this world, why would we not take the time for some self-evaluation?
What do you claim to be?