Saturday, November 17, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Counterfeit Reality
2 Timothy 3:1-5,12-17
Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:13)
When people see a photograph or video today, they often ask, “Is it real?” A home computer can manipulate images to create a picture of an event that never happened. Images can be inserted into or removed from photographs. A video can be doctored to make it appear that a person was caught committing a crime or performing an act of heroism. The camera may not lie, but the computer can.
Centuries before such modern technology, the apostle Paul warned Timothy about counterfeit reality in the church. He said that in the last days people would be self-absorbed, “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:5). He repeatedly emphasized the need to live a godly life, warning that “evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (v.13).
Paul charged Timothy to “continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of” (v.14). True godliness honors and obeys God while its counterfeit seeks pleasure and personal gain. One pleases the Lord; the other gratifies natural desire. Both are identified by their actions.
When people hear us say we are Christians, they may wonder if our faith is real. Our lives will answer the question by reflecting the reality of Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father, Help me, I pray, to honor You with all that I do today. By Your Holy Spirit's power, may my words and actions cause others to glorify Your Name. Amen.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. —Matthew 7:18  

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church