There’s No Substitute for the Real Thing!


“Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.

Peter exclaimed, ‘Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ But eve as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.’ The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.”  — Matthew 17:1-6



Bobby was a farm kid who went into town to see the circus.  His father gave him a dollar with instructions to spend it wisely.  Bobby ran to town, found a roadside spot, and watched amazed as the parade passed before him. 



As the last clown brought up the end of the parade, Bobby rushed forward, handed the clown his dollar, and raced home to tell everyone about the circus.  But Bobby hadn’t seen the circus; he’d only seen the parade!



That’s how it is sometimes with church.  Like Peter in the Scriptures, we go. We feel good about going.  We think we’ve seen or heard it all. But we’ve only seen the parade.  The big show happens when we get personally involved in ministry… and a relationship with Jesus Christ.



Church isn’t just some place to go, it’s something you are – something you are seven days a week… and that’s the high calling of personal relationship and ministry. God tells us to focus on the main thing – His Son!  Don’t miss the “main event” for all the parading and fanfare going on.


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