Props for Pretenders

An old Hollywood movie set was constructed out of facades. A facade is a grand illusion, the painted images of the dream factory. Not all facades today are constructed out of wood, many are drawn on computers. But the purpose hasn't changed—it is still a prop for pretenders.

Galatians 6:3 is a warning to all pretenders:
"If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." This deception usually occurs through living in and around the world's props. Wealth, fame, success, pleasure and carnal security are impressive facades. A good salary, a comfortable home, a nice car and attractive clothes do not make a person good or important.

The only way to escape this deception is to pull down the props. When we worship the Lord, all our pretending and props are demolished before the gaze of him whose "eyes [are] as a flame of fire" (Revelation 1:14). It is then we become real and genuine before the Lord. That's when the props of the world are replaced with a better substance—the favor of God, the grace of Jesus and the fruit of the Spirit. These are real blessings for real saints.

Leave the props for the pretenders.