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It’s important to be who you claim to be.

Mr Anonymous worked as an occupational health and safety adviser for a Sydney freight company, and by all accounts, his life was even more boring than his job description.

Apparently Mr Anonymous’ co-workers used to call him “major pain” due to his four-year stretch in the army and the fact that when it came to workplace safety, the guy did everything by the book. When he wasn’t working or spending time with the Mrs and kids, he volunteered at Wesley Mission. All appearances point to the guy being Ned Flanders.

But Mr Anonymous wasn’t who he claimed to be. When he wasn’t hugging orphans to sleep or rebuking his co-workers for smoking on the job, he used his skills as an army commando to earn a few extra beans as a professional hit-man for one of the biggest criminal networks in Australia. According to the cops, he was responsible for up to nine brutal murders on behalf of a Sydney mob boss.

If i’m to believe what the papers say (*cringe!*), it’s the epitome of the double life: the guy was Ned Kelly posing as Ned Flanders.

As a Christian, I’m encouraged to do the exact opposite. I’m encouraged to be who I claim to be, to be who I am – I’m God’s. The smart dudes tell me that its about the ‘imperative’ being rooted in the ‘indicative’: i.e. because such-and-such is true about me (indicative), I should live a certain way (imperative), & cos of that, the double life is not on. Colossians 3 talks all about it, here’s some snippets:

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ (indicative), set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things (imperative). For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God (indicative).” Colossians 3:1-3

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved (indicative), clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive (imperative) as the Lord forgave you (indicative). And over all these virtues put on love (imperative), which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14

I’m not naive to the fact that there’s a sense in which even the best of us fail to live up to this gear, but I’m also aware that there’s a world of difference between wrestling against my dodgy nature, and the pursuit of an intentional & perpetual double life.

It’s important to be who you claim to be – more than that, it’s important to be who you are.

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September 1st, 2011 at 9:51 pm

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