“The Real Thing”

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. – John 4:23

Do you remember all the talk about “subliminal advertising” a few years back?

It was said that, at the movie theatres, a frame with a picture of a nice cold drink, with lots of ice cubes and beads of sweat running down the side and some buttered popcorn would be placed in the movie reel. The idea was that you would see this subconsciously and it would create a desire in you to want to go to the snack bar and get one those drinks and some popcorn.

When we see those advertisements for Outback Steakhouse or a nice juicy burger, it makes us want to go get one. We don’t get a hankering for the picture. We want the “real thing”.

As I thought this as it relates to our spiritual lives, I wonder why so many people settle for a cheap imitation, an image of the “real thing” a “religion” instead of the “real thing” – a personal relationship with Christ.

In the verse quoted above, Jesus was explaining to the woman at the well that our worship of Him is to be in “spirit and truth,” not the empty form of religion with which she was familiar.

Too many people today see the “real thing” and desire instead (or at least settle for) a poor substitute.

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