Cheap Imitation

I recently was watching an episode of Antiques Roadshow. You know – that TV show where people bring their old stuff out for antique experts to look at and then tell them what an “amazing piece” they have and it is worth a bazillion dollars and all of their financial dreams will now come true. Then, the person says “Oh I could never get rid of this old thing…it came from my grandmother!” and they smile and their eyes get all watery and when the cameras stop rolling….they run as fast as they can to put it on eBay! (at least I like to think that’s what happens)
Anyways, I am not usually an Antique Roadshow kind of person… But it was late at night, I only have like three channels… Oh stop judging me! It was either watch this or So You Think The Bachelor Can Dance or something like that! But I digress…

This lady comes on the show and she has what she says is a French Doll made in the late 1800s in Paris. She goes on about it and it’s value, etc. The French Doll expert (glad to know we have those) takes a look at it and says she is correct. If the doll is legit it could be worth more than $50,000. The woman’s eyes all light up (not because she is thinking of selling it of course) and she starts salivating. The Dr. House of antiques then flips the doll over to show her some initials on the back of the doll that go to prove the doll is actually an imitation made around 1940 and it’s probably worth no more than $50. He asks her what she paid for it and she says $200. He is silent…and the camera pans away and I am pretty sure I heard the “fail horn” from The Price is Right.

Truth be told…I did kinda feel sorry for the lady…she really thought she had something of great value. I mean to the casual observer I suppose it did look like a legit French made fashion doll. The problem is…looks can be deceiving. Something can look a lot like an original…but really just be a cheap imitation.

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1, 2 ESV)

Christians are to be imitators of God. We are to look at the person of Jesus Christ, who reveals God to us, and desire to imitate Him. But don’t be a cheap imitation! Some people just want to give an image of being Christ followers because they believe it can promote themselves…or further help their own cause. Real imitators know the true value of Christ and are more enamored with Him than they are with His stuff! They know that for their life to look more Christ-like it means studying His every move, keeping their eyes and focus on Him and consistently being in His presence. The more you abide in Christ…the more your life begins to genuinely imitate His! Pursue the real value of a Christ-centered life…and don’t settle for the cheap imitation of a merely religious life!

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