We got taken. It was the summer of 1980 and after doing a summer missions trip in Taiwan, we went to Hong Kong. The shopping there was wonderful. Being young and naive, we thought we would get a good price on real jade from a street vendor. We got a real good price on two simple matching bands. But as they were imitations the price was a bit high for just green glass! We felt very embarrassed when we learned that we were cheated.
Satan is in this same business of selling imitations. He tries to sell his version of “life.” But according to our verse for today, his real intent is to steal, kill and destroy life. Unfortunately, he has lots of buyers. His customers love the sound of freedom without consequences and without restraints. Imitation life can be quite convincing when one has education, comfortable finances, family and friends. It can feel real. It can feel right. But a way that seems right to man can end in death rather than life (Proverbs 14:12).
Jesus says He is the Life. He has come to give real and abundant life, found in relationship to Him. Anything else is imitation life. When we find that intimate daily relationship with our Creator, we experience life as it is meant to be lived. I do not want imitation life. I want the real thing. Regardless of what kind of day I am having, I want it to be genuine. For even a day in His courts is better than a thousand outside (Psalm 84:10). He makes my life abundant by His very presence!
Thank you, Lord, for REAL life!
Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.