Originally posted May 24, 2009.

On a recent shopping trip I got stuck in an unusually long line. While waiting I begin comparing a display of knock-off “Crocs” type shoes with my Crocs. As I was comparing the shoes I realized that there were some spiritual lessons that could be gleaned from the experience.

First, things aren’t always as they appear.  Upon first glance some of the knock-offs look very close to the original. They are made from similar material but the shoes are very different. The knock-offs I saw were made from a very hard rubber or plastic and the insides were very rough.  Just like the knock-off shoes there are some who outwardly appear to be Christians but the spiritual depth and maturity is not there. As humans we often make judgments based upon outward appearances.  However, God looks at the heart.

Second, don’t settle for a cheaper or easier option. While I was examining the display of knock-offs, another customer decided to enlighten me on their greatness. In her opinion there was absolutely no difference between real Crocs and imitation Crocs.  I pointed the most obvious difference that real Crocs are more comfortable. However, she believed they where the same. Both were made from rubber because the shoes looked the same they had to be the same, so why pay more.  Actually, Crocs are made from a special material called Croslite.

How many times do we settle for a cheaper form of our faith rather than experience the full benefits of what God has for us. Maybe it is because settling is easier. After all it takes dedication, time and effort to invest in a growing relationship with God.

Third, know your purpose. One thing that the makers of knock-off just don’t get right is the footbed of the shoe.  The footbed of Crocs is specially designed to improve circulation. Those little bumps have a purpose. The makers of Crocs had a plan and purpose for those bumps. However, the makers of the knock-offs don’t know the purpose of those little bumps. They are just copying the real thing.

As Christians it can be easy to loose sight of our purpose. According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we exist to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Spend some time reflecting on that statement. If we really embrace that purpose how will it affect our lives. If I exist to glorify God is there anything in my life that I need to change.  For me the most powerful part of that statement is the last part: “…to enjoy God forever.” To enjoy God we must first have a relationship with him.  Also, the implication is that God wants to be accessible and to have a relationship with us.

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