A Warning to Those around Us

A Warning to Those around Us

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self.” (Luke 9:25)”

Growth is good and optimizing profit a spiritual mandate. But the unfettered pursuit of wealth brings a warning from God. To those around us, meaning is derived from the accumulation of possessions, but Jesus once again tells it like it is. Even if you were to become a billionaire or have the wealth of nations, it is of no value if you lose your very soul.

Our calling is to demonstrate this to those around us. The wanton pursuit of wealth is only moderated, contained, and augmented by a loving God working on the spirit of man, moving us from glory to glory as we are being transformed into the likeness of Him who gave His life for us. This is not by our works but by His unmerited favor and grace.

Quick Prayer: Jesus, keep me from greed, and help me to demonstrate Your grace to those around me. Amen.

A Price to Pay

“A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.” (Act 19:19)

When we recognize that God is calling us in a certain direction, or asking us to make some adjustment in our lives, there can be consequences that cost us in some way or another.

The cost could be in relationships with those who don’t want to give up some types of behavior. It could be in time or resources that are given to other areas. He may be calling us to give up some form of income or lifestyle that will cost us financially.

Giving up behaviors or items that do not honor God and are the result of true repentance demonstrate a real encounter and a changed life. What is God asking you to do today?

Quick Prayer: I realize repentance or a change can cost me. Give me the strength to change. Amen.