Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sincerity/Without Wax.

I thought I would start of today with a question instead of finishing with one like I normally do. So, are you without wax in all that you do in your whole life? Well are you?

I read in a recent email a story about the word “Sincerity” and how it came into being.
The word sincere comes from a Latin word meaning "without wax". In the original Greek it means, "sun-tested". In Biblical times, merchants sold very fine porcelain that was greatly valued and therefore expensive. Sometimes when it was fired in the kiln, tiny cracks would appear. Dishonest merchants would smear pearly-white wax over these cracks, which would pass for unblemished porcelain - unless it was held up to the light of the sun. Honest merchants marked their wares sine cera - "without wax". That's a picture of genuine sincerity. No sham, no hypocrisy, no hidden cracks to be covered over.”

So, how would your life stand up to scrutiny under bright sunlight? Would you pass the sine cera test of no wax? Or do you try and keep to the darkness and half-lights in order to keep the glossed over cracks in your life from being revealed to prospective friends and acquaintance until after they have bought “your package”?

Apart from following Christ completely, the only advice I can offer you is to do your best always and then the heat of the Kiln will not create any cracks in you and no sunlight in the world will be able to reveal what is not there in the first place. So live your life in all sincerity and without wax.

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