Real or Counterfeit

Written by Steve Ballinger. Posted in Devotions

Real or Counterfeit

“I hate every false way”
-Psalms 119:104-

Recently, the staff at a local bookstore was able to catch an individual attempting to cash a counterfeit $100.00 bill. They were able to detain the suspect until RPD arrived. The officers did an outstanding job investigating the incident. In the end, the suspect was arrested.

Merriam defines counterfeit as, “to imitate; something made in the imitation of something else with intent to deceive.” This suspect was hoping to deceive the cashier in the bookstore as she attempted to purchase something real with something false.

It didn’t happen. Instead, the cashier was able to recognize the money for what it was—counterfeit money. She became suspicious of the bill as she took a moment to not only look at it, but more importantly, feel it. She knew something was not right, and immediately sought the store manager, who in turn detained the suspect.

The suspect will now be spending time behind bars, all because she wanted to play with something that was fake, phony, counterfeit, hoping that she could pass it off as the real thing.

As I thought about this incident, I began to think about the words of Paul when he said, “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1) I began to think about my own life. Am I the real thing in my walk with the Lord? Am I always imitating Christ? Or, am I a counterfeit? I certainly want to be the real thing, but I also know that, at times, I don’t always appear to be. Sometimes my actions might cause others to wonder whether or not I am a real or counterfeit Christian.

Jesus says that others will know us as His follower by the fruit that we bear in our lives (Matthew 7:16) What is that fruit? The Bible says it is “love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23) These are pretty difficult attributes for any of us to attain, yet, if we’re to be the real thing, these attributes will be seen in our lives.

There are times when I become discouraged, when I fail to show myself as the real thing for the Lord, but then God’s word is always there to encourage me, “being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will complete it . . .” (Philippians 1:6;) God’s still working on me and teaching me. And I’m certain that He’s doing the same for you.

“Lead me in Your truth, and teach me”
-Psalms 25:5-

Walk in truth,

Chaplain Steve

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