Daily Devotional (7/31/10): “The Wisest Fool”

At NBFMC, this has been a very difficult and busy week.  We’ve had two members go home to be with the Lord (with the second to have their funeral next week) and our Vacation Bible School.  Lots of activity, being pulled at every edge, yet feeling blessed by the amount of help I have received (from the Lord, from my church family, and my actual family).

All of this falls on the brink of preaching on the life of Solomon tomorrow.  He is one of the most fascinating people in the Bible.  Incredibly wise.  Incredibly wealthy.  Incredibly famous.  Incredibly powerful.  Incredibly wasted life.  Solomon encountered one of the biggest challenges of the life of faith:  success.  When we ask God to bless our careers/lives/ministries; we must understand that blessings bring unique challenges that struggle or failure won’t.  In success, we run the risk of forgetting about God.  We begin to forget where we come from and the One who has brought us this far.  We develop spiritual amnesia.  When we forget who we are in Christ and what God created us for, we begin to live for other, smaller purposes.  Instead of giving, we hold back.  Instead of making a difference for the world, we focus only “our world” and try to keep that which we have convinced ourselves belongs to us.

The theme of the television show “Hoarders” has repeatedly popped up in my head, as it relates to Solomon and our own American lifestyle.  A&E describes the show in this way, Each 60-minute episode of Hoarders is a fascinating look inside the lives of two different people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis.”

I believe the Bible is filled with similar “episodes” of men, women, and nations who ran into significant crisis events because of their unwillingness to alter their lifestyle.  What would we, our families, our churches, and our nation look like if we traded in consumption for compassion?  What if we followed the command of Jesus, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8)?  What if we put less stock in our stuff and stored up “treasure in heaven” (Matt. 19:21, Luke 12:33-34)?  What if we traded in the things that pass away for God’s great mission of redemption and salvation for the world?

What if, as Ryan Dobson has written, “the end of the life as we know it,  is the beginning of life as we need it”?  What if?

*** Feel free to check out some of my videos on my Vodpod that deal with this theme, especially “The Theology of Stuff” which addresses a modern issue (coming from many Christian authors) that all “blessings” should be enjoyed by us, rather than given back to God in his never-ending circle of radical generosity.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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