Be honest. What are you selling?

People are trying to sell me something. I want them to be honest. What exactly are they selling?

I don’t know.

Instead, they say:

  • “My hair has never been thicker.”
  • “Come to my party.”
  • “These drops! I have lost X number of pounds already.”
  • “This lipstick doesn’t rub off. You can kiss your kids and husband as often as you like, and it’s still fresh.”
  • “Just drink this every day, and all your gut problems will be solved.”
  • “My lashes didn’t even show up, but just look at these results.”
  • “I used to be sick, but now I have boundless energy.”

I often see wonderful before and after pictures. They make me sincerely happy for those people. I mean, who wouldn’t want to look like that after two to four months?

But, my problem is that I have no idea before what or after what.

I get it. The seller wants me to click on their page, follow them, etc., and sooner or later—most likely later—they will actually tell me what they are selling and—drum roll—after that, tell me the price.

Sellers, I admire you. I might even like your product, were I to try it. But, let me tell you a secret. I appreciate honesty. Don’t be sneaky. I actually have gotten sales pitches from some people for years–and I still have no idea what they are selling. I know it has something to do with lifestyle and weight loss, but I am not sure if it’s supplements, exercise routines, or what. A shame!

Be up-front, in-your-face honest.  Say, Here is my product. It is called this name. It is marvellous. It will make you healthy, look like a million dollars, help you lose weight naturally, or it’s a great buy.”

Tell me the price. Don’t make me faint dead away when I finally see it. Tell me up front that your product will be this price each month for the rest of my life—or that it will cost me X dollars right now. I am fine with knowing, and I might not even faint if you tell me at the beginning. (No guarantees, though.)

I don’t sell anything.

But, I have a wonderful product. It’s called salvation from sin. Everyone needs it, because all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

It’s already paid for, but it cost God everything. He gave His only Son on the cross, bearing our sins, because He loved us that much. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2:24).

He offers it to everyone. Not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9b).

Those who receive His gift can be saved. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12).

They can go to heaven. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:2).

I’m not selling anything, and I’m being honest. This is the truest truth there is.

There is no other way of salvation. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Jesus provided salvation. He offers it as a gift, when we repent of our sins and accept what He did in our place. Now, it’s entirely our decision. A precious gift.

What are you selling? Be honest, and tell me.

On social distancing and the church

When Covid19 struck, we were closed in our homes. There was no place to go—not even church—and we weren’t allowed to drive outside of our towns, except to get groceries, drugs, or to go to the hospital.

Those were rough days. There were quite a few weeks without any contact with anyone but my husband. (Thankfully, he’s a great guy.)

I actually talked to the neighbor’s ponies one time.

Spain is a lot like Italy in culture: friendly, touchy, huggy and kissy.

When I was finally allowed to do grocery shopping, I got on an elevator. The lady getting on with me backed up into the corner. I naturally did the same. Six feet distancing. She was actually afraid of me! Both of us were wearing masks, and soon, we would both disinfect our hands and grab a clean buggy—with new gloves on. But, she was concerned to be in the same closed space with a stranger.

At church, at first, the recommended Corona virus precautions seemed like a joke. Some of the guys did happy foot-bump greetings. But then, the virus hit Spain hard. Now, at church we smile behind masks and hope our eyes convey friendship. No touching, kisses, hugs, or any physical contact. Everyone’s feet and hands are disinfected at the door. It doesn’t feel like fellowship. But, we’ll take it. It sure beats sitting at home and all our services being remote, as in the beginning.

Social distancing is not normal. It’s not normal in Spain and Italy, but it’s not normal anywhere else, either, not even where the cultures are a little “cooler” than here. Why?

We need other people.

Especially in the body of Christ, we need others. The whole reason for the church is to worship the Lord together—a corporate uniting of hearts. Yes, we go to listen to the Word preached. I’m not taking away from that at all. But, we actually encourage each other by being physically present together.

At the height of the pandemic in Spain, there were a few months that it was illegal to hold physical services, and we didn’t. We did streaming, and it worked for the short time it was needed.

But, oh, being together again is a blessing—even behind our masks.

The Bible talks about the early church gathering together regularly on Sundays.

  • And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles (Acts 14:27).
  • And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight (Acts 20:7).
  • For first of all, when ye come together in the church…. (1 Corinthians 11:18a).
  • Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come (1 Corinthians 16:2).

From the beginning of the church and even before Pentecost, it was important for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to come together for mutual benefit. The Apostle Paul encourages us with these words: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:12-16).

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:25).

The Day of the Lord is closer, and assembling ourselves is even more important than ever before. The Bible says so.

Let’s not forsake our assembly.