Keeping It Real

Key Texts: 1 John 2:26-28

I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.  As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

It’s hard to know what’s real these days.

For instance:

  • You watch the news and get the sneaking suspicion that the lead story about a “significant medical breakthrough” is really an infomercial about a new drug that a particular company wants to have promoted.
  • You go to the bookstore and see certain titles up front and glaringly obvious – wow, you think, these things must be flying off the shelves. Then you remember how the publishers have paid to have them be put front and center.
  • You google a question that has been burning in your mind for days, and up pops the answer you have been dying to hear – along with a bunch of ads for products that just happen to relate to the issue with which you are dealing.

Yeah, right.

I suppose I sound paranoid, or cynical, or both.

But all I am trying to do is put today’s scripture passage in a helpful context.

Falsehood has always been a problem.  People, for all sorts of reasons, push their own agendas and opinions.  Some things are true and some are patently false – and it can be tricky to tell one from the other.

Then, says John, comes “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” – by the name of Jesus Christ.

The anointing is real he says – the Spirit will guide us into truth – the Word can be trusted.

Suddenly, a light comes on and hype can be recognized for what it is – just a bunch of hype.

Do you sometimes think it is getting hard to know what’s real these days?

Then pray in the Spirit, and turn to the Word for guidance.

Soon, what’s real – and what’s false – will become crystal clear.

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