'He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me'
Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, 'This is a hard saying; who can understand it?'...
From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
I'm not the smartest girl by any means, but I'd like to think I'm intelligent. I've read some big books and done well in school. But God's great gifts come with tough temptations.
'For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more' (Luke 12:48).
Beauty is tempted toward vanity. Abundance is tempted toward excess. Power is tempted toward dominance. Courage is tempted toward foolishness. Passion is tempted toward obsession, and peace is tempted toward apathy.
Churches are tempted toward worldliness. Pastors are tempted toward eminence. Worshippers are tempted toward idols. Freedom is tempted toward lawlessness. Safety is tempted toward seclusion. Talents are tempted toward burying...
And smart men are tempted toward conceit, which was a problem for Jewish leaders and some of the Master's Own disciples. Human intellect and education will never comprehend the Mind of Christ. Instead of anticipatory faith, they showed intellectual foolishness.
'For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's Sight' (1 Corinthians 3:19).
'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My Thoughts than your thoughts' (Isaiah 55:9).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If you're smart, don't get full of yourself. Thinking with your brain is a good thing. Trusting with your heart is the best thing. If your head grows out of proportion, you may receive the wrong PhD: Piteously Head-Heavy Dummkopf.
To Be Continued
* John 6:22-70 in full: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+6%3A22-70&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.