Acts 18:18: The real deal.

“18 Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.”NIV UK

A Christian girl and boy were on a first date. They talked much and listened much. There was so much to say. At some point, over the meal, he must have made a self-deprecating remark. She shot back, ‘But you’re for real.’ He says he treasures that simple statement even today. He remembers the moment and it goes on blessing him. He knew she wasn’t saying, ‘You’re perfect.’ Yet she sensed something genuine about him, and it meant a lot.

How serious are you about your Christianity? Are you for real? Or do you hang up your faith with your clothes after Sunday morning church? Reading about Paul’s ‘’vow’’ brought me to the thought that Paul was a man with a serious commitment to God. This vow may have been to thank God for His goodness to Paul during his long stay in Corinth. It probably involved growing his hair for the duration of the vow period. Then at the end of that time, his hair would be cut off and offered to God (see Numbers 6). This may seem strange to us, but don’t miss the core detail. God was real to Paul and his commitment to Him was a serious matter. He was authentic.

Does anyone reading these words need to stop playing games?

Get real!