Day 3

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20

“Annie” is a classic movie. “The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun.” Whether you have seen the new Annie that was remade in 2014, or the classic one from 1982, both movies highlight the transformation of Daddy Warbucks. He is both rich and powerful. One of his publicity advisors recommends taking on a foster child to boost public perception of a caring philanthropist. The Warbucks team couldn’t care less about Annie, and they let her know she is a burden, but they smile for the cameras. It is all a façade. However, Annie’s charm melts away their stoic exterior causing them to begin caring for her and in the end, they risk everything to save her.

This is similar to how Paul relates to living like Christ. First, he had to put on the facade. He acted like an upstanding Roman citizen so everyone would notice him. But one day Jesus Christ walked into his life and dissolved the façade and the labels he had worked so hard to earn. What about you? Are you keeping up appearances or seeking to have Christ change you from the inside out? How are you putting on a façade in front of others? Do you have those days when you feel like you are trying your hardest to impress everyone else instead of living to glorify God? What would allowing Christ to really live in you and through you look like at home, or work, or with friends? If you want to glorify God, let everyone see His Son through your actions and words

  • Lisa Hadebe

    Amen

  • Wanda Hernandez

    Amen

  • Barbara Donovan

    Amen!

  • Kasey Ovilma

    Heavenly Father,
    Keep all of us in need of you today, allow us to embrace and utilize the Armor you have equipped us with. I pray that we know and walk in your love so that we can love on others the ways you love on us. Allow today to be great not because of our accomplishments but because you are with us! Restore us dear God from the inside out!
    In Jesus Name, Amen!

    • Jennifer DiCostanzo

      Amen!

  • Cassandra

    Amen💙

  • Ana Mercedes Castro

    Amen

  • Lynne Campbell

    Wow great word

  • Michael Elwell

    At first, after reading the above, I think “I don’t have a facade. I try to be as transparent as possible”. But right away God said to me “Oh Realy?”. So today I am out to find and catch myself in the act. I want God to help show me during the moments where I have put on my mask and show so that I may see and correct my self.
    This also leads me to wonder how many other people are like me. How many others read the above and not realize that thier simple act of not recognizing there own facade is actually a form of doing so. And I am not saying that there is not someone out there that cannot relate to this. There are people out there that live fully with Jesus living through them. And untill I can reach that point I vow to keep correcting my mistakes and looking to Jesus to show me how to do so.

  • isma Mclaughlin

    Amen

  • Lauraine Tubelli

    I have spent the better part of my life trying to act as if I don’t care what my family or friends think, when in actuality, I needed them more than I wanted to admit. Now, I look for that deep sense of belonging, love and acceptance from God, because I know, only he can fill that hole that is in my heart. Knowing that he loves me, makes me want to love others ..I still work on it through prayer.

  • Noel Ewing-Martinez

    Wow! Very powerful! I pray that God transforms each and every one of us and that He is glorified through our thoughts and actions. Praise Him!!!

  • Cheryl Huggins

    This is where I’m at right now. I spent the last three years of my life as a complete workaholic. I thought I had it made, but then my health went. I’m on the upswing now physically, at least most days, but I’m trying to rebuild my life.. and trying to keep God at the center. It is tough some days, but I’m getting there.

  • Kimberly Clothier

    I’m sure I have a facade that I do not see. Right now in my life, I am so consumed on trying to figure out why my husband hates me and how to fix it. I know that sounds immature, but that is the only word I can find that suits.

  • Demetria

    I use to put on a facade until I realized who I am in ChristJesus. I use to care about what others would say or what they thought of me. Therefore, I would put on this facade to try to impress. Now, I can care less because I know who I am in Christ. I am the righteousness in God, I can do all things throgh Christ, I am more than a conquer, I am the head and not the tail, and above and not beneath. Thank you Jesus for setting me FREE!

  • Paula Hoskins

    Thank you all for the fellowship during this fast. Always know your truth and the façade will dissipate.

  • Sandra Negri

    Amen! Great prayer thank you for sharing.

  • Janie T

    What a great devotion! Amen!

  • Adrienne

    This was a great reminder message I really needed to hear!!! Thank you CF!

  • Nancy Blocksom-Varney

    Very nice reminder! Thank you!