Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 50)
Live Within Your Means
Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant,
Than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
Proverbs 12:9 (NIV)
The wise store up choice food and olive oil,
But fools gulp theirs down.
Proverbs 21:20 (NIV)
Living within our means is old-fashioned. Living beyond our means is exciting, and the world pushes us to want-want-want, buy-buy-buy, build-build-build and eat-eat-eat. Then we'll be full, happy, desired and admired.
If brains can be washed by advertising, if the power of suggestion is real, if what we see and hear directs our paths, if earth's merchants want us walking their way, if they'll say most anything to tempt us, then the master manipulator wins--until Jesus completely evicts him.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Does The Parable of the Rich Fool describe the American culture?* As with Eve, have our minds been beguiled by a serpent toward more-more-more? To miss the simplicity of Christ? We like to blame media meisters and merchandizers who seduce us.
What about a closer inspection? Since we supposedly know better, because we love Jesus and His Truth, consider an uneasy question: Have our mega-full, mega-pastors convinced us to follow them, not Him? How many live and look like their King?
'You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him' (John 13:13-16).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Let your brains and hearts be washed by Him. Let His Directions be your power. Let His path be the one you follow. Let earth's merchants stand far behind Him. Let their temptations come to nothing. Be transformed, not manipulated, so the world can see you're clearly His.
Your means are His, so live within them. 'In whatsoever state... be content' (Philippians 4:11).**
To Be Continued...
* The Parable of the Rich Fool: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2012:13-21&version=NKJV
** Philippians 4:11-13 (KJV): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=phil+4%3A11-13&version=KJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.