I hate fake. I don't like no-name brands, things that are artificial, things poorly made.
If I have the money, I always choose the real thing over the fake or artificial. Froot-Loops over Fruitio's, butter over margarine. Furniture made from real wood over Sweedish particle board. It always costs a little more but it always lasts longer and tastes better.
The Psalmist writes, "In your presence there is fulness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Ps.16:11) In God's presence there is genuine pleasures. In his presence there is FULNESS of joy.
I've been asking myself lately, "Is this the place that I am going to for pleasure, for FULNESS of joy, or have I become really good at doing all the things I do to maintain the status quo? It's possible to be apart of a great church where you are super involved but be disconnected from the source where all your joy and pleasures are found. When we're in this place we go looking for other pleasures because we've lost sight of Jesus and living in his presence. At that moment we might be guilty of playing church.
Paul warns Timothy that in the last days people will have "The appearance of godliness, but denying its power."
It's way too easy to play church. We're playing church if we are finding our pleasures and our joy in something or someone else other than Christ. We may still have the appearance of godliness but we're disconnected from the power source and our lives lack joy.
I don't want to be guilty of playing church. I don't want an appearance of godliness, I want to be godly. I don't want to know of God's power, I want to experience God's power. I don't want to speak about pleasures and joy in his presence I want to live there where my life says to everyone around me... "He's the real deal."
I close with a prayer from A. W. Tozer that is my prayer today. "O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me."