The other day, Kevin and I were getting coffee at a 7-11 in Brooklyn. (Why Kevin Cabe prefers 7-11 Coffee to other coffees is worthy of its own post at a later time.)
As we were waiting to pay for the coffee, the lady in front of us handed over a twenty dollar bill to pay for her items.
The 7-11 clerk took her money and nearly immediately told her that it was a fake twenty dollar bill.
The lady did not speak a lot of English, but understood that the clerk was going to need an additional twenty dollars.
By this point, I was very interested and intrigued in all that was taking place.
I spoke up.
“How do you know it’s fake?”
The clerk then proceeded to let me feel the fake twenty dollar bill and then feel a real twenty dollar bill.
He then lined the twenty dollar bills alongside one another. One was clearly longer than the other.
The clerk then showed us that the cash machine would not even allow it to be deposited.
By this point, I was fully believing that this was indeed a fake twenty dollar bill.
The clerk had one final statement.
He said, “I cannot give it back to you or I would knowingly be engaging in ripping off someone else.
Most of us are probably aware of things that promise to have value and promise to provide hope.
Most of us have probably settled for things at one time or another, in some way or another.
There are times when we have bought the lie, settled for less, and were willing to compromise the truth.
As I walked out of the 7-11 the other day, my thoughts were not on when or where did this lady receive a counterfeit twenty dollar bill.
My thoughts were on how incredibly well the 7-11 clerk could identify the true twenty dollar bill from the fake twenty dollar bill.
I looked up and down the street at all of the pictures, signs, and stores. Each of them promising some level of hope and some level of satisfaction.
I got to thinking about how important it is us for followers of Jesus to know the Truth of the Gospel.
I was thinking about how often we settle for less than what Jesus offers and how many times I compromise to do things my own way.
I thought about the times and ways that I was willing to settle and still was never satisfied.
All around us we are bombarded with lies.
We are bombarded with things that veer from the actual Truth of God’s Word.
If you were to scroll through my Facebook feed, you would find two sets of truth presented.
There are posts that reflect that when President-Elect Trump is inaugurated, the world and the country is going to be better than ever.
There are additional posts that reflect that when President-Elect Trump is inaugurated, the world is going to be worse off than ever.
Neither of these things are true.
We love Facebook because we get to see all kinds of opinions and view things from all kinds of perspectives.
Yet, when we look at the Truth of Scripture, our hope is not determined by who is in office or what political party is in charge.
When we dive into the depths of knowing the Truth, we can see clearly the counterfeit promises all around us.
We can clearly see that the things that promise hope and satisfaction, can never possibly deliver what we are actually needing or even wanting.
When we immerse ourselves in Truth of God’s Word, we see that there is really is only One Hope.
There really is only One Name worthy of Praise.
There really is only One Name by which men and women can be saved.
There really is only One Way to know forgiveness, redemption, restoration, reconciliation, mercy, and grace.
There is only One Hope. His Name Is Jesus.
Anything more and anyone else is a counterfeit of the actual Truth.