WASHINGTON, D.C. Walking
through an open-air market, I spotted a vendor selling watches. The
prices were remarkable. For $10 I could buy a watch superior to the
one on my wrist.
"Good quality?" I asked.
"As good as the real thing,"
the vendor replied.
I knew it was a cheap imitation,
but it looked expensive and the hands were moving in the right direction.
So I opened my wallet and landed the "deal of the day."
I boasted about the purchase to
my friends. Then, two days later, the face of the watch fell apart and
the poor craftsmanship on the inside was exposed. Instantly my arrogance
turned to embarrassment and disappointment.
Years have passed and I still have
the watch. More accurately, I have the pieces to the watch. They serve
as a reminder of the difference in quality between the real thing and
a cheap imitation.
Regrettably many today have embraced
imitation faith. They claim to be Christians, but they dont follow
the teachings of Jesus. They view Christianity as a convenient brand
name rather than a personal relationship with a living Savior.
Imitation faith is worthless, powerless
religion. Yet it appeals to many because it costs nothing and has the
appearance of authenticity. Their "Christian" label has more
to do with church affiliation or maintaining a public image than serving
Jesus. They believe in His existence and can recite religious jargon
and tradition, but they dont know the Son of God.
Why would anyone settle for less
than an authentic relationship with Jesus? Knowing Him means you have
His friendship, forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life.
Invite Him to be your Lord by following the ABCs
and discover the difference between having religion
and having Jesus.
Then the next time someone asks
if youre a Christian, you can reply, "I used to call myself
a Christian, but now Im a follower of Jesus Christ."