Let me preface this Devotional by saying I respect the work the following people did while they were with us and my hope is that they had a personal relationship with Jesus.
This past week was filled with news of “celebrity” deaths. These were people that many consider icons of a certain period of time. Certainly when you think of Farrah Fawcett, “the 70’s” can easily be part of your next thought. No one disputes Michael Jackson’s contribution to the world of music and to music videos. These people and the others who have passed on contributed to their field of work. Consider this, is their contribution more important than what you do on a daily basis in your field of work or for example what a Teacher or Fireman does?
Because these people are part of “pop culture” they are made to be larger than life, more important than that Fireman and sadly more important than Jesus. We can pass this off and just say it’s part of our society, but isn’t that the bigger issue? Our society puts more emphasis on “Pop Culture” than it does on Christ. The one that is there for us from dawn to dusk, day after day, week after week and we would rather watch another hour of Michael Jackson coverage than read our Bibles. If we gave Christ half of the time we devote to worldly things our lives would change immeasurably.
So who or possibly what do you “idolize”? Pop-culture is all about what’s hot! Today’s superstars are tomorrow’s has-beens. The newest fads and clothes are yesterday news in a month or two . . . so what ever it is, if it’s taking time away from your relationship with Jesus isn’t it time to “reconnoiter” your schedule and spend some time with the one who will always be on the top of the charts
2 Kings 17:41a – Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols.
As I write this I am on a bus with 35 Jr. High School Students. We our on our way to Missouri for a mission trip to rehab a couple of homes. Along with the 35 kids are 8 adults. One of them is my friend Jason, we’ve been serving together since last fall. Jason leads a very busy life. He owns a construction company that performs a wide range of services, from backyard patios to a complete home. Jason has a wife and two young boys, in addition to serving as a youth coach he is a decision counselor and an usher at our church. My point here is that Jason leads a very busy life. Our Jr. High Minister
specifically asked Jason to come on this trip because of his knowledge in the construction business. His experience would be an invaluable asset in our task to lead the kids in the repairs and painting of these homes. As luck would have it, as this date approached Jason’s company (Jason) became very busy with jobs to be performed. With the economy being what it is . . . . to be a busy construction company is certainly a blessing.
Jason had every reason in the world to bow out of this trip and as he told me, even considered such. Then his wife handed him the above verse. Even with his responsibilities at home and his business, his wife new that the work that we were to be doing this week was far more important. With that said, the above verse assures us that any work we do for the Lord will be justly rewarded. When you consider all the good Jason will do this week by putting some things on hold it exemplifies the Christ like behavior of serving others first. Certainly this summer offers you an opportunity to serve in some capacity. Sure you’re busy . . . . but are you any busier than Jason? The opportunities abound for you to
change someone’s life forever and the best part of it all is that you will be rewarded 10 times over. What or WHO will you impact this summer?
1 Cor 15:58 – Therefore, my brothers be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Can you remember a person that had a positive impact on your life? maybe a coach, a teacher, hopefully a parent. Through our lives we encounter scores of people who “teach” us how to live our lives. Some more directly than others but we all process what we see on a daily basis, good, bad or indifferent. Some of this goes in and right back out but when we are exposed to a specific person for a long period of time we certainly learn from them. Now think about a person that impacted your life negatively. This could have been the kid down the street that always got you in trouble a co-worker that yells a lot or anyone in between. You can also look at this as how we see those around us. Do you respect this person
or that person and learn from their behavior or do you try and keep a distance from them? Whether you realize it or not your children, your business associates & your neighbors are observing how you live your life. Are you a Mentor to those around you? Titus 2:7 – In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness. Or are you setting a different example? Proverbs 26:4 – Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. Which one of these people are you? Do you live your life as it is being observed? Not in a materialistic “look at what I’m doing today” way, but in a caring, God fearing way that sets a positive example for everyone you come in contact with.
In all we do, in all we say, we set an example every day . . . .
2 Tim 2:1-2 – You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.