My daughter came home with a funny story.
She stopped off at a corner market in town to pick up a few things. She noticed a man standing in front of her. He was poor looking – just there to buy a beer or cigarettes. She actually used the words to describe him as some type of drug user type.
On the back of his shirt were three names – three distinct names that could only belong to the children of a family friend. On the front of the shirt were the words “I am bless to be called PawPaw!”
Kimberly repeated the names aloud and he turned and looked at her.
“I know those kids,” she said, “they are the children of my best friend!”
The man turned back around, paid for his things, and left without a word.
Kimberly then called her friend, who told her that one of the names was spelled wrong and she had donated the shirt to a local ministry that distributes food and clothing.
He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: “This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.” Mark 7:6
Just because you wear a shirt that says you are someone’s pawpaw doesn’t make it so.
Just because you wear a shirt that says Jesus is Lord doesn’t mean you’re living for Him.
Just because you go to church, sing the songs, and hear the sermon doesn’t mean you have been forgiven.
As Christian singer Keith Green once said, going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to McDonald’s makes you a hamburger.
Those of us that say we belong to Him need to live like we belong to Him. Jesus said to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.
It’s time to live wholeheartedly for God and turn Isaiah’s prophecy around!
Don’t just be words on a shirt!