Is what you see what you get?

Remember the computers of fifteen to twenty years ago? I know that I found my ‘modern’ machine much harder to
do some tasks on than my trusty typewriter, simply because what you saw on the screen didn?t equate with what
was printed out.
At the time I was doing the weekly newsletter for my church, and it was very hard to know how large a space to
leave for pictures. Before each newsletter was finished, there would be a pile of screwed up paper on the floor, for
getting it right was a matter of trial and error.
Oh the delight when my computer was upgraded to the new WYSIWYG system.(What You See Is What You Get).
What a pity people aren’t like modern computers!
Do people know the real you?
I was reminded of this just before Christmas when I was corresponding with a friend overseas. She was trying to
explain about the Christmas pageant that her church was putting on, and also her part in it. She went on to
“One year I filled in for one of the townspeople and I also put on the Frosty the Snowman costume for a while and
that was sure a blessing. I greeted the kids as they came in the entrance. It was so great to be loved just for being
Frosty! I couldn’t help but think that I could be some leper under that costume but they loved me anyway, because
they thought I was Frosty!”
Mmmm! Just like my early computer, what the children saw was not what they thought they were getting, for Frosty
was really my friend Jill.
There is a saying that goes something like this: “You can fool some of the people some of the time, and some of
the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” I feel as if there should be an extra
piece which states, “You can never fool God any of the time.”
We may pretend to be something we know we’re not when trying to impress someone. We may also hide our
weaknesses and secret sins from a lot of people, but we can never hide them from God. Even the Psalmist
realised that when he said of God, “You have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I
rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar?.you are familiar with all my ways.” (Ps.139:1-3)
My friend hid behind a costume, and we can hide behind a fa├žade so that people don?t get to know our real selves.
But, you know, when we come to Jesus in repentance, He does a lovely thing for us. He covers us in robes of
There is a list of unsavoury things that people do, in 1 Cor. 6:11, and we are told, ‘And such were some of you; but
you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our
Someone explained to me the difference between being justified, sanctified, and glorified, in this way:
Salvation in the past is salvation from the penalty of sin
We were saved
Salvation in the present is salvation from the power of sin
We are being saved

Glorified: Salvation in the future is salvation from the presence of sin
We will be saved
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and
arrayed me in a robe of righteousness?. ” Is.61:10
Thank you, Lord!more.
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