Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Skeptics (Part 9)
The Selfish Kind
'Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the Food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His Seal on Him.'
Then they said to Him, 'What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?'
Jesus answered and said to them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in Him Whom He sent.'
Therefore they said to Him, 'What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do?...
John 6:26-30 (NKJV)
Jesus faced many benefit-oriented Jews; they preferred bread to Bread, profits to prophets and facts to faith. They embraced religion as a means to an end they could see: visible goods as opposed to the invisible God; measurable goals as opposed to immeasurable gains.
Rather than glorifying the works of God, they wanted to glorify themselves. ''What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?' (John 6:28), 'For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God' (John 12:43). They desired fame for the same reason millions desire it today: power carries perks--like wealth, popularity and the illusion of success.
Money provides a semblance of freedom. But it's no better than a mirage of water to dying men in a desert. Here's the reality: each new acquisition strengthens the ties that bind them to earth--instead of Heaven.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'Die daily' (1 Corinthians 15:31). More specifically, die to selfishness daily. When you deny yourself, you affirm Christ. 'He must increase, but I must decrease' (John 3:30).
When you decrease, you invite His Spirit to grow within you. Therein, you become His ambassadors: 'By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another' (John 13:35).
Actors, models and talent for Christ, some people may be skeptical of your talent--unless they see 'what's in it for them.' Love them, but don't let them tie you to their plans--nor tie themselves to yours.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Skeptics series.