Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Gotcha's Distractions: Stuff
Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.
Luke 12:15 (NIV)
For my friends who've been reading these devotions for awhile, you're probably aware (or even tired) of my concern with the glitzy examples of prosperity preachers. These visibly wealthy pastors like to showcase their stuff.
(King Hezekiah did it, too, and Israel was doomed.)
In contrast, compare the Example we're told to follow.
1) God chose simple, humble parents to raise His Son on earth.
2) Jesus was born in the stable of a very small town.
3) He didn't rise through the ranks of Jerusalem's priesthood.
4) Instead, He worked as a Carpenter for over ten years.
5) By God's design, 'There was nothing attractive about Him' (Isaiah 53:2, GNT).*
6) As a Preacher, He traveled by foot or a fishing boat.
7) His disciples weren't high-achieving religious scholars.
8) For His last three years, He was homeless, without possessions.
9) Jesus told His future followers what they must give up.
10) He warned of wealth's temptations--and how few can withstand them.
Bottom line: I'm working toward voluntary simplification. I'd like to clear potential roadblocks on my upward path.
P.S. Not there yet.
## Gotcha's Distractions: Stuff (Part 59)
* Please see other translations and consider: ON PURPOSE God did not want His Son to attract attention merely because of His handsome appearance, wealth or position. That being said, from His description on the Mount of Transfiguration, or even more in the Book of Revelation, Heaven's Prince will look awesome. (I can hardly wait to see Him.)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.