"Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people."
We have all known people that have put a facade on so as to appear one way, when in actuality they were completely somebody else. I have found that since I have plugged into the power of the Holy Spirit in my life, I have a genuineness about me that transcends the surface level. For so many years I walked around saying I was one thing, but in many cases living a life of somebody else. That does not mean that I was a wedding photographer on the weekends, and an axe murderer during the week. No, I just simply had skeletons in my closet, and vices that I was ashamed for anybody to know about.
Have you ever attempted to do any electrical work around the house and gotten shocked? Might I remind you that I am a Financial Advisor by trade, and not an Electrician. Recently, I needed a new outlet for my deep freeze installed in the basement, and I had foresight enough to call a licensed electrician.
Over a year ago my mom moved into a rental house around the corner from me, while her house was being built. I was tired that day and was trying to hook up her Dryer so that she would be able to wash her clothes. I had already been to Lowes twice and realized that the end of her cord did not match the 220 outlet in the wall. Just for a piece of education, let me take this opportunity to shed some light on what I know about electricity. 110 is what most wall outlets run off of. 220 is what most dryers require. It doesn't take a genius to realize that it is twice as powerful as a wall outlet. However, I digress... For some stupid reason I had the plug in my hand with some loose wires as I had it all taken apart. I stuck it in the outlet to make sure the size was correct this time, and BAM... I thought the rapture had taken place. I was thrown back against the wall, not by any electrical current, but the mere fear and shock at the bright light and loud popping noise. My son who was watching me, screamed in terror, and my mom ran from the other room assured that her 2nd born son had to have been a crispy critter by that point on the floor.
I am thankful to say that nothing happened to me, other than knock some sense into me never to attempt electricity again. However, I am absolutely intrigued by this II Timothy passage listed above. There are so many people out there that have a sense of godliness, but deny His power. I have often said that I want to write a book about opposites. God's ways are not our ways. For example conventional earthly wisdom would tell me never to touch electricity again, however God instructs me to "Plug In." He wants us to live dangerously through Him, and not cautious in our walk with the Lord. Jesus is not something you sample, rather He wants us to accept His Electrifying Power.
I could keep writing about how so many people act like Christians, but deep down they are playing it safe. I think you are getting the gyst. Point being not to live on the sidelines with a safe view of Christ, but get right in there and get charged and electrified through His Holy Spirit in your life. PLUG IN !!!!