Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, 'I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.'
Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
God says 'The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil' (1 Timothy 6:10). Consider the 21st century fallout of this misplaced love: addiction, human trafficking, and the corruption of our air, water, soil, food, industry, economy, government and values. Surely, all kinds of evil abound.
Just as surely, evil has abounded in every age--but never to this extreme. Thankfully, God gives us the character building solution for misplaced love: Be content with what you have. Paul says:
'I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need' (Philippians 4:12). How? 'I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me' (v.13).
Should we opt out of a bigger house, better car, faster friends, fuller lips or fancy bling--even though media promotes them daily? These are the world's treasures--not God's. 'Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?' (James 4:4).
So what's a star for God supposed to look like? Like Jesus! Radically new. Radiantly simple. It's far cooler to play it simple. Otherwise you look like everyone else: 'nouveau riche' (new money). God's money is ancient. You don't flaunt it. In fact, you share it.
What about the corruption of 'bad company'? How can you go to Hollywood and avoid the glam? You can't. But you can remember your position in it: Actors, models and talent for Christ are meant to lead, not follow. A simpler life is an absolute statement of confidence that came down to us from the Absolute Top.
It's a statement made without words. Just style.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Character Development series.