“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