DayBreaks for 9/07/17: A Fake Disappoints
From the DayBreaks archive, 9/2007:
A woman in Georgia is facing charges after calling police about getting her money back for a fake crack rock she allegedly bought from a drug dealer. Juanita Marie Jones called police in Rochelle on a recent Thursday night to complain she was unhappy with some crack cocaine she purchased that night, the Cordelle Dispatch reported. The 53-year-old woman allegedly told police she purchased what she thought was a $20 piece of crack cocaine, but after breaking the rock into three pieces and smoking one, she thought the cocaine was “fake.” She told Officer Joel Quinn and Deputy John Shedd of the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office she wanted them to get her money back. The officers were invited into Jones’ kitchen where showed them the alleged “fake” crack, at which time they arrested her for possession of cocaine. She is now awaiting a bond hearing.
This story is sad and tragic on many fronts. It’s hard to even know where to begin!
It’s sad how we pursue all sorts of things in life that can’t give us what we truly want. It’s sad how we spend money on things that are real or fake, only to be dissatisfied. It’s a tragic thing that fakery can cost us so much.
1 Peter 1:6-9 (NIV) – In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
How many of us would buy a piece of property sight-unseen? “If you believe that, I’ve got a piece of property I’d like to sell you,” goes one saying that highlights the foolishness of doing things sight-unseen, without having checked out the validity of what we’re investing in. And yet, as Peter so eloquently put it (especially for a fisherman!), we haven’t seen Jesus (Peter had!), but we’ve invested quite a bit into him through faith. We’ve committed our present life and our future days and all of eternity to someone we’ve not beheld. To some, it is foolishness. But Peter had seen Jesus, he had touched him, smelled him, hear him, and Peter seeks to reassure us that any investment we make in Jesus will not leave us disappointed. Jesus is real. He is merely unseen. But our faith in him will be proved genuine when we see him at last.
Don’t be suckered into buying fakes when the real thing can be had for free.
PRAYER: Father, give us discerning hearts to know the real from the fake, the genuine article from a cheap imitation. Assure our hearts that when we see him, all we’ve believed about Your goodness and Your Son will be proved genuine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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