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Living in Your Own Skin…

10.02.16 | by Ray Jones

    Living in Your Own Skin… 

    In their book, Biblical Portraits of Creation, Walter Kaiser and Dorington Little tell about Milton Lictman an actor who died at the age of 87. For over 30 years Lichtman's primary claim to fame was appearing in commercials as a famous historical figure. He lit a cigar as Fidel Castro in a commercial for lighters, sold cars as Albert Einstein for a Southern California car dealership, promoted a Minnesota savings bank as Abraham Lincoln, and touted an Arizona department store as Robert E. Lee. For one bank commercial he portrayed four different historical figures all complaining about other banks that charged for checks. He pitched cereal as Alexander Hamilton, beer as Johann Sebastian Bach, early mobile phones as Dracula, and cough syrup as Frankenstein. Among others, Babe Ruth, Gandhi, Mozart, Sherlock Holmes, Ebenezer Scrooge, John Wayne, Thomas Jefferson, and even Margaret Thatcher were in his repertoire.

    Asked once how he was doing, he replied, "I'm alive and well and living in someone else's face." Guinness Book of World Records credited him as the actor who had played the most roles and had the most disguises—1,200 on TV and 1,800 more on radio. In May 1989, New York magazine published a feature story on him, calling him the "Man of a Thousand Faces."

    By the end of his career, Lichtman had reportedly professionally portrayed 3,372 historic notables. The New York Times called him the "Actor Who Played Everyone." No wonder he said, "Heaven for me is to lie in bed…with no costume—living in my own face and not someone else's—and luxuriate in my own skin.”

    So, how about you, are you living in your own skin? Or are you wearing a mask and pretending to be someone you are not? It’s a good question and one we all need to ask ourselves from time to time. Why? Because the scripture says that this world is constantly trying to clone us into its image, to cause us to play a role or act a part that God never created us to be.

    There is, however, an image that we can and should conform to and it is the image that you were created to express. It is the image of Christ. And it is the one image that we can all replicate while remaining the unique expression of God’s creative genius. When you are transformed into the image of Christ, it’s not a role you adopt, it’s a new nature you inherit. And with that comes great freedom to live authentically for Christ, yet in your own skin.

    If you find yourself playing a role rather than being a real disciple it’s time to change it all today. If you’ve never met Christ personally start there… Paul said, “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Give your life, all of it, to Christ today and be transformed from the role-playing you to the new creation of God. Start the real journey of living for God in your own skin.

    Sunday November 6this going to be special. Why? Because for the first time in over a decade we are not in the red in our Ministry Budget, and as of now it appears that we will not do an annual “catch-up” offering for our ministry budget and building needs as we’ve done in previous years!!!! Wow, and thanks for generous giving to meet our ministry needs so far this year. So, let’s do something really special… On Nov. 6 we’ll take a special offering, but it will be just for Missions this year! Everything we receive above and beyond our normal weekly needs on that Sunday will go directly to our current mission commitments. I’ll give your more details as the day draws closer. In the mean time let’s continue to be faithful stewards in giving to God’s work here at RBC. Much is being done and your obedient gifts enable us to do what God has entrusted to us. And it’s one more reason that I love being your pastor!!! Remember God is always trying to take us someplace new.

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray