“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7 (KJV)
A W-Y-S-I-W-Y-G life is the kind of life I believe the Lord wants us to live.
“What does that even mean?” you ask.
Simply this. “What you see is what you get.”
So, often it can be easy to show one face in public and another at home. One face in front of others and then another when we walk away.
We all want to look good… Don’t get me wrong. Putting one’s best foot forward is always a good thing.
In fact, we should all strive for that.
The only problem is… Sometimes, I think we feel that once we are no longer in the presence of others, we have the freedom to be different from how we just represented ourselves to be.
Of course there are always going to be people we just simply don’t mesh with and situations where it takes God’s grace to wear a smile when inside we feel just the opposite.
And yet, I believe the Lord is calling us to live above that… To be a W-Y-S-I-W-Y-G kind of person.
As I look back, I remember a day when I knew I was going to be having someone over our home that I really struggled internally with. In times like these, the tendency is to build up all kinds of scenarios of what might happen during your time together. Or you find yourself focusing on all of the things that you don’t like in the other person. (Can I be real for a minute?)
But you know what…. I remember that on this one particular day, before the guest arrived, God spoke a verse into my heart. I absolutely know without a doubt it was from God because it came to my mind in a translated version of the Bible I don’t normally used in my personal Bible time.
The verse that came to mind was from Romans 12:9, and it said, “Let love be without hypocrisy.”
(As I said before, believe me, it had to be the Holy Spirit speaking that into my heart because I don’t usually use the NASB (New American Standard Bible) version, which is where the verse is translated that way.)
Another version, the New International Version (NIV) translates the same verse as “Love must be sincere.” (NIV)
And that’s what W-Y-S-I-W-Y-G living is… Sincerity. Genuineness.
As followers of Jesus, God wants our lives to be true reflections of Him, reflecting his heart and His attitudes towards others in our interactions with them…not only when we are in their presence, but also when we walk away.
No…He doesn’t expect us to put on a face that we wouldn’t normally wear. But what He does want is to so transform our hearts and lives so that who He is and His kinds of responses are what supernaturally flows out of us by His power.
How is this possible? You ask.
Well, if you reflect on the verses shared at the beginning of this post, it’s vital that as Christians we live in the Light.
While it’s true that others may only be able to see one side when we are in their presence, God wants our lives to be the same everywhere we go.
Everywhere we go our lives are open books.
And while we may be able to hide some things from others…
Nothing is hidden from our Heavenly Father.
And anything we do want to hide must be brought out into the open for God to clean away and change.
Because, you know what…. Those hidden things… At some point, they’ll come out anyway. (Luke 8:17) And on top of that, it is those hidden things that bring us the most bondage.
And God has called us to Freedom.
Am I still a work in progress in living a W-Y-S-I-W-Y-G life? You bet I am.
But the more I allow the Lord to work in my heart, and realize the freedom living in the Light brings, the more joy I will experience and the more I will live the kind of sincere and genuine life Jesus has called me to….
…The kind of life that pleases God and is a genuine blessing to others.