DayBreaks for 12/08/17: Being the Real Deal
NOTE: Galen is traveling for the next few days.
From the DayBreaks archive, December 2007:
A Georgia woman’s outrageous attempt at fraud has landed her in jail under charges of forgery. Thirty-five-year-old Alice Pike attempted to pay for $1671.55 worth of merchandise at a Wal-Mart with a one-million dollar bill.
When Pike handed the cashier the bill, the cashier refused to take it, and also declined to hand over the $998,000 change. She immediately called the manager, who also refused to take the bogus bill.
Pike reportedly offered $2.32 on a gift card, and then tried to cash the big bill again. At the point the manager called police, who took Pike into custody. Authorities found two more of the seven-figure bills in her purse.
Police say Pike claims the bills were a gift from her husband, and she thought they were real. Chief of Police in Covington, Georgia, Stacey Cotton says, “The bill ‘looks’ real, but of course there’s nothing real about this.”
The U.S. Treasury does not print a one-million-dollar bill, but several varieties of the large bills are available as toys, novelty gifts, or souvenirs. – http://www.nypost.com, Funny-$$ Gal 1 in a Million, by Amit Srivastava, March 10, 2004.
You’ve heard the saying, “If something looks too good to be true, it probably is”, and yet we still have a tendency to fall for things, don’t we? Perhaps it’s because we so badly want some things to be true.
When it comes to money, merchants want the real deal, as do doctors, lawyers, dentists, sanitation engineers and even employees (when payday rolls around!) No one likes to be defrauded or duped. We want authenticity.
When it comes to the Christian life, the world deserves to see the real deal. That means people on an authentic journey, working to change the world a little tiny piece at a time into God’s kingdom on earth. The world is full of folks who, as Paul put it in his letter to his spiritual offspring, Timothy, where he warns Timothy about those who appear to be as “…having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.” (2 Tim. 3:5, NIV)
The real challenge for us is not to decide who such people are and to judge them, but to examine ourselves to see if we hold not only the form of godliness, but also its power in our lives to resist sin, overcome temptation, to love our enemies, to forgive those who have wronged us. Don’t be so eager to decide if others really have the power of godliness – look first at yourself.
Prov. 21:27 (NASB) – The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, How much more when he brings it with evil intent!
PRAYER: We want to be authentic followers of Yours, Jesus. We want to have the power You have promised us in our lives so we can bring You glory and find the deliverance from the wiles of Satan that You intend for us to experience. Help us to examine our hearts to determine if the truth be within us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.