The Age of Illusion

     We live in an age of the illusion.  Many of us will post a special connection on FB in hopes that our volumes of FB family will see it and respond.  We savor these connections that at most may make a comment.  But as to the sacrifices that come of relationships – comments come easy.  Relationships require far more than a post.
     The illusion shows itself in other ways too.  Our desire for things leads us to think that all will be well if I have this.  For instance the newlyweds that want to have all the things that mom & dad have.  It is the career shift that will make my world better.  It is driving the latest and most colorful vehicle.  It is the college degree at all cost that will set the stage for my tomorrow.  It is the healthy gimmicks that will build my form or vanquish death.  Many of us will build our world upon these illusions.
     Hollywood attracts us to the glitter of experiences.  Afterall what can be sweeter than an overnight fling.  Or more rewarding than the delight of a child.  My favorite illusion of glitter is that all of life’s problems can be solved in 30 minutes or at the longest 2 hours (or three hours if you’ve been to the new Avenger’s movie).  All that glitter will disappear with the daylight of reality, an illusion.
     Illusions even show themselves in our spiritual beliefs.  Most funerals talk of reunions in heaven when Jesus is very clear that the “way is narrow …and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:13-14).”  Grace has become the “Get out of hell free” card.  Illusion shows itself in the numbers that attend church on Sunday and live as if Jesus has no place in their life Monday thru Saturday.
     So how do we see through the mist called illusion?  Focus on knowing Jesus.  He is truth.  John 18:37 shares, …Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
     Next, realize that prayer and Bible time are a priority not a backup.  Finally, spend time with people of truth – the church, because we are all wrestling our ways through illusion.  What one of us has tackled may help another of us.

Gather with us Sunday and lay your illusions aside.