All posts tagged: the world

Is Your Joy the Real Thing or a Counterfeit?

In the 16th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Luke takes an interesting turn in his writing. In context, its a very graphic story of those who reject the Father while on earth. A beggar named Lazarus and a rich man are the main characters. They first encounter each other at the gate leading into a city and Lazarus begs for whatever the rich man would give him. It is left to believe the rich man never relieves Lazarus’ hunger, but what we do know is when they die, in eternity Lazarus is by Abraham’s side and the rich man is in Hell. There is a great chasm between the two, and the rich man, overwhelmed with lack of anything to quench thirst, becomes the beggar, asking Abraham to have Lazarus dip the tip of his finger in water and to touch the tongue of the rich man so that he may be cooled from the agony of the fire. Abraham responds: Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus …

Where are you aiming?

Does the name Matt Emmons ring a bell with you? If you are a Summer Olympics fanatic it may cause your eyebrow to curl a little. Or if you have read Kyle Idleman’s book Not A Fan you may remember that he wrote about Matt Emmons.  He was one shot away from winning the gold. All he needed was to hit the target in the 50-meter three-position rifle event. Not a bull’s-eye; just be on target. Emmons had a great shot, but he didn’t win the gold. He didn’t win the silver. He didn’t win the bronze. He came in 8th place, because Emmons fired at the wrong target. Standing in lane two, he fired at the target in lane three. A great shot + the wrong target = 0. Sometimes I feel like a counterfeit disciple of Jesus Christ.  And maybe you feel that way too—like a counterfeit $100 bill. Looks good, feels good, but has no real purchasing power.   The feeling of being a counterfeit probably comes from a tendency to stand in …