Cheap imitations abound today. My pastor likes to tell the story of a watch he bought years ago in front of a convenience store. The seller told him it was name brand, but when the watch stopped working a few weeks later, he learned a hard lesson. You get what you pay for.
This week while I was digging “Into the Word,” I was reminded that this fact is especially true in the spiritual realm. Christ is the way, the truth, and the life — no other cheap substitutes will do. The Epistle of Jude warns us about this scam happening in our churches and gives us marching orders to defend ourselves from deception:
But you, my dear friends, must remember
what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said.
They told you that in the last times
there would be scoffers whose purpose
in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires.
These people are the ones
who are creating divisions among you.
They follow their natural instincts
because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.
But you, dear friends, must build
each other up in your most holy faith,
pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,
and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who will bring you eternal life.
In this way, you will keep yourselves
safe in God’s love (vs. 17-21, MSG).
I love it that God gives us a sound game plan here to deal with the counterfeits in our midst — build each other up, pray in the Spirit, keep your heart focused on the eternal reward ahead. Division in the church is a red flag that something is amiss. By heeding these guidelines, we can avoid being suckered into a cheap imitation and stand firm in our faith.
Q4U: Have you ever spotted a counterfeit? How do you avoid being mislead by cheap imitations of the Gospel?
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