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Without Wax

      As we were having our Bible study today in our local church, I was reminded of something. Our teacher, Joey Nabors, was going over some attributes of prayer. When he got to sincerity, I remembered something that I’d read long ago. It seems that the word’s origination has an interesting meaning.

      I have always been interested in word origins. My Mom even gave me a book on the subject. We often lose sight of what the Word of God is saying simply because we don’t know the meaning of words. I can’t count the times that scripture has jumped out at me once I found the definition of something.

  Today, one of my past studies came back to me. It seems that the word sincere comes from two Latin words, sine cera. It means “without wax! Interesting to note, but it still doesn’t give the student of Scripture much more enlightenment unless you know the reason. You see, the Romans would sell pottery on the streets that was sometimes not what it appeared to be. Sometimes, pots would have small cracks or holes that could be covered up with, you guessed it, wax.

   A vessel would have wax smoothed into its imperfections and painted over. This would make it appear to be something that it wasn’t. The sellers of good pottery would simply put a sign in front that stated “Sine Cera”, without wax. It indicated that their pottery was what it appeared to be.

   When I remembered this, I had to look into my life and see if I was living sincere. I looked into the times when I acted to be something that was not. I thought about the faces that I put on to say to the world, I’m ok and not hurting inside. And worse of all, I thought about times when I lied to myself and tried to act before the Almighty as if I had not sinned.

   You see, we must come clean before God if we are to expect our prayers to be answered. We can’t act good enough. We must first admit that we’ve failed and let forgiveness take place. Then, as John the Baptist put it, we need to produce fruit that corresponds with repentance (Mat 3:8). If we have anything that we aren’t honest with God about, then we are trying to fill in the cracks with wax. And He sees right through it. He wants us just as we are. Then He can change our lives. He can repair us and make us worthy of the Kingdom.

   We need to live amongst our brethren in a sincere way, too. I’m sure that everyone else hates being around a fake person just as much as I do. You never know who you’re dealing with. I remember a passage that is sometimes read through about Moses keeping a veil over his face. It’s in 2 Corinthians3:13and describes Moses keeping a veil over his face after the glory of the Lord had gone. We sometimes put on our “church face” and hide what is really in our hearts, don’t we? Even though others have seen the anointing in our lives, if we get away from God, we act as if it’s still there. After all, we don’t want to ruin our witness, do we?

   Friends, by this simple word, sincerity, we find this great life correcting path. God wants us to have a sincere heart. Others want us to be just as we say we are. Let us truly go forward with a sign over our hearts of Sine Cera; “Without Wax


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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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