Necklaces are obvious adornments.
Like gold chains, they may advertise your wealth.
Like fashion statements, they may show your style.
Like a locket, they may hold someone dear.
Like a cross, they may symbolize your faith.
Spiritually, necklaces are signs: revealing your heart to unseen powers, by your visible acts and behaviors. They are non-verbal communicators.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What 'necklaces' are Christians wearing?
Do we wear pride, seen by struts and smirks, by me-first lifestyles and decisions, by flashing smiles of supremacy?
Or do we wear Christ's mercy and truth, seen by genuine humility? By God-first lifestyles and decisions, by kind smiles to the poorest of the poor?
So who are these poorest of the poor? Are they refugees and prisoners? Are they hungry, naked and ailing? Are they the least of your Lord's brethren?*** Yes, they are found in these miseries and they are found in lowly places.
Spiritually, they're also found here. They're watching screens and holding iPhones. They're going to enormous concerts. They're following the paths lit by stars. They're worshipping manmade images. They're entertainment's devoted fans...
Now or soon, these fans will follow you. Therefore, make sure you're dressed for success,**** topped off by the loveliest necklace.
## Self-Examination 2021: Neck, Adorned (Part 74)
* Entirety of Psalm 73: a godly man's struggle in understanding with evil men prosper and good men suffer: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+73&version=NLT
* Exposition on Psalm 73: http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-73-1.html
** Entirety of Proverbs 3: Guidance for the Young: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+3&version=NKJV
*** These sobering Verses hit me hard every time I read Them: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+25%3A31-44&version=NKJV
**** Godly apparel will be covered later in this series.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination 2021 series.