The man tried way too hard to be funny, engaging, telling bad jokes. He made himself ridiculous, his manner so forced that, at times, he was actually offensive. I felt sad for him, wanting desperately to pull him aside and say, “Give the act a rest and just be ‘you.’” He is a ‘wannabe.’ The dictionary define ‘wannabe’ this way: “a person who aspires to a role or position, who imitates the behavior, customs, or dress of an admired person or group.” Sometimes they are funny, sometimes pathetic, and in time a wannabe is just annoying.
Wannabes are often indistinguishable from the authentic, a first glance. The difference becomes obvious when the wannabe has to actually produce results like the real person. The wannabe, because he hasn’t put in the time learning the skills, getting the education, and developing the art, is unable to come through in the crunch.
Being a wannabe is essentially a fraudulent life. The lack of substance and/or accomplishment causes the pretender to live a lie, which erodes his integrity and steals his credibility. The wannabe knows another tragic result – he never finds out who he really is or what he is really capable of doing. Focused on trying to be somebody else, he misses the joy of being who God created him to be, joyfully filling the place in this world that God, through spiritual gifts, experiences, and opportunities, creates just for him.
Here’s the direct question – are you a ‘for real’ Christian or a ‘wannabe?‘ Have you submitted your life to Christ in full surrender, allowing for a complete transformation of heart and mind OR are you just trying to imitate the lifestyle of a Believer you admire? God, the Spirit, does not desire that you merely copy a Christian experience that you admire. He wants to make you a saint, inside out! The Word says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:3-4, NIV) “Be transformed, by the renewing of your mind.”
The foundation that allows us to ‘get real’ with God, with ourselves, and with our world is the love of God for us. God will not love you more if you are thinner, taller, smarter, admired by others, rich, or dressed in the latest fashion. He loves YOU. He wants us to deal with our sin, to love Him back with obedience. What kind of obedience? Real! Jesus told a story to a group of religious leaders who knew all the right words, who were wannabes, to illustrate that point. A man had two sons to whom he gave a direction. The first son waffled about compliance, actually refusing the order, but then changed his mind and did as he was told. The second son answered him, “Of course, right away,” but did nothing. It was not the words that mattered, it was obedience. Jesus then offers this amazing insight: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do.” (Matthew 21:31, NLT)
God made you a unique person with preparations to fill a place in this world that belongs exclusively to you.
Self-acceptance can be difficult. Looking in the mirror- physically and spiritually – reveals reality which isn’t always pretty. But, we are basically worthless to God and ourselves until we face the facts, get real, and let Him begin to transform us. He offers us His Spirit to work on us but not just for a ‘make-over’ on the outside. He creates real disciples, full of the Spirit, marked by a depth of character that no one can deny! This transformational process is called sanctification. That just a big word for ‘becoming like Christ’ through the school of the Spirit! There will be blunders along the way, but – if we are committed to Him and to being authentic- we can be sure that His promise – “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)- will be true!
Don’t be a ridiculous wannabe, trying too hard to copy the life or mannerism of another. Get real – with God, with yourself, and discover the amazing person He created you to be.
There’s nothing worth more that will ever come close
No thing can compare You’re our living hope
I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone
In Your Presence Lord
Holy Spirit You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory God is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your Presence Lord
Your Presence Lord
Oh God how we love Your Presence Lord
Let us become more aware of Your Presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness (Lord)
Bryan Torwalt | Katie Torwalt
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