Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sometimes as children we played “make believe” games a lot. It was always fun when we became a imaginary doctor, policeman, or teacher, with just a simple notion. We were pretenders. I wonder if any of us ever thought about the first pretender, who was the great pretender. Pretending is fine if you are a small child playing with others. But there comes a time in our life when pretending can become a very serious thing. For instants in the Bible we read in the book of Judges Delilah pretended to love Samson and we all know the end result. Sapphira and her husband pretend and said to Paul that they gave all the money when they sold their property to the Lord, when they held some of it back. That pretend game cost both of them their life. God knows all. We cannot pretend with him. Judas pretended to be Jesus’ friend and in the end look what it cost him. It cost him not only his life, but it also cost him his eternal home.
There are great pretenders who live in today’s world who claim to know God and His Son, Jesus Christ, but far be it from being so! Many pretending Christians will say when the Lord returns lord we have prophesied in your name, and we have cast devils out in your name, and we have done many wonderful works, or look how many thousands are in our church, but Christ will say to them depart from me you who work iniquity, (wickedness, evil, and sin). Satan is pleased when he can get people to play his deadly game of pretending. (1 Peter 5:8)
We have people in the Churches of the living God today that are pretenders. They pretend to be saved but are really not. We have people that are liars, some who commit adultery, homosexuals, and man pleasers, and you name it they only play the game of being a follower of Jesus Christ. They may have their names on the church books but are pretenders. Like the great pretender they will have a end some day.
Christ died for us so we do not have to pretend about anything. People need to stop pretending and be genuine in their trust and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ our soon coming King.