Am I Really?

Is this what your life says?

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!

We’re organic!


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?



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8 responses to “Am I Really?

  1. Riveting, thought provoking, and stimulating. Yes, it is indeed a catalyst for change in my life. I’m writing the three questions down on an index card and will carry them with me for the next couple of days, weeks, months….until it becomes a part of me.

    Who do I claim to be? (I admit, I do ask myself this from time to time, but I don’t recall ever truly answering.)

    Does my life match up to that? (See, didn’t stick around for this part.)

    Would people describe me this way? (Even if people do think I”m what I claim to be, they only see what I will demonstrate….it’s not the inner me that they see.)

    Would God describe me this way? (He knows, He knows what I think I do about myself – I’m grateful that He has given me a description of myself and I will live up to that….I can, because of Him.)

    Thank you.

  2. Wow. I think you just summed that up better than I ever could! Thanks for commenting. I’d be interested to hear what you came away with after three weeks!

  3. Okay, it’s a date! 21 days…. 😎

  4. hannahruthie

    This is so good. I loved the part about being a fisherman. I don’t think I’ve ever lead anyone to Christ. I hope that I can act when God tells me to do something. This was so encouraging!

    • Thanks Hannah! I thought the fisherman part was good too. It’s much more in detail in the book, but I figured the concept would translate. A lot of times we pray for God to give us opportunities, but we forget to pray that we would be prompted to take advantage of those opportunities through sharing or serving.

  5. Great post Matt! You hit the nail right on the head with this one! It is too easy to claim we are something and then be something totally different. This is something that is continuing to work on in me. 🙂

  6. Thanks Kevin. I think we’re all a little bit that way. I know I am too.

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