Friday, April 24th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 16)
Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.
Luke 12:15 (NIV)
Woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
Luke 6:24-25 (NIV)
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV)
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.
Matthew 19:24 (NIV)
As a Preacher, Jesus redefined prosperity.*
He chose simple parents, a lowly town, a craftsman's job, a humble look, life on the road, tradesmen as friends, no show of wealth, no type of crown, no lofty title, no fancy ride, giving His all... and taking our fall.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have' (Hebrews 13:5). The world defines abundance as power and possessions. Jesus disagreed:
'This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent' (John 17:3). He defines abundance as peace 'That surpasses all understanding' (Philippians 4:7), 'Joy inexpressible and full of glory' (1 Peter 1:8), hope that 'Does not disappoint' (Romans 5:5) and love that 'Never fails' (1 Corinthians 13:8).***
One thing I know: the size of your house is meaningless, but the size of your heart means everything.
As soldiers in God's army, don't measure your success by the kings of nations, churches, business, education or media. Measure your success by the King of kings. Treasure what He treasured: God, people and work.
As a child, He said: 'I must be about My Father's business' (Luke 2:49). As a Man, He said: 'My Father has been working until now, and I have been working' (John 5:17). On the Cross, He said: 'It is finished' (John 19:30).
Truly, you already have a rich life with rich work to do. You are prosperous.
To Be Continued...
* Ten Bible Verses Prosperity Gospel Preachers Need To Stop Misusing: https://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/05/09/ten-verses-prosperity-gospel-preachers-need-stop-misuising/32019
** Previous AMTC Devotion: The Image of Jesus: http://amtcdevotions.org/images-part-4-the-image-of-jesus
** Previous AMTC Devotion: The Example of Jesus: http://amtcdevotions.org/leadership-part-8-the-example-of-jesus
*** 'I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly' (John 10:10).
*** Short article: What did Jesus mean when He promised an abundant life? http://www.gotquestions.org/abundant-life.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.