In our microwave society most, if not all of us, get attracted and drawn into the glitz and glamour of certain shops selling “genuine fake” replicas at a fraction of the price of the real product or service.
More than often we realize our mistake, and money wasted, when the “genuine fake” stops delivering as expected.
This rang true in the early church when those witnessing the Holy Spirit’s power through Paul, tried to replicate that by being “genuine fake”
Acts 19 v 13-15
13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?”
Being a Christian is nothing that can be faked.
It is more than talking “Christianese”, or completing religious ceremonies or deeds.
It is a relationship with God.
It is a converted, born-again heart that is sincerely seeking God, His way, and not our own way.
As we embark on a journey to be Christ centered and impact our city like the church of Acts, what “genuine fake “religious practices and world-views are we hanging onto?
What are we pretending to be or believe?
How do or could these result in unsaved people, or even demons, saying to us “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” (Acts 19:15)
As we make it easy for people to turn to Christ let’s identify our “genuine fake “, root it out and submit to the Holy Spirit changing us from the inside.
By doing so we can be sure that as we go out to reach and witness to the unsaved, Christ’s love would be recognized within us.