Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. (Deuteronomy 8:11-17)
Today's Morsel: Marie-Jeanne Riccooni, 18th-century French writer said, "Fortune does not change men; it only unmasks them." Isn't it amazing what wealth does to some people? So many seem to forget the Lord when their wealth increases. For some unknown reason, when people get better jobs or reach certain levels of status in life, their real colors appear. What is it about wealth and fame that reveals a person's true identity? Is this God's way of showing us who we really are within? Is it His way of allowing us to see who we really are? Even Jesus said after observing the giving in the synagogue that they had only given out of their abundance while the poor widow gave all (Luke 21:1-4). As Christians, our wealth and fame should reveal only Christ to the world around us, and nothing else. Our change should have already taken place at the altar of repentance. If you were to ask yourself, Who is this behind this mask I'm wearing?; you can rest assured fortune will reveal it to you. Hopefully your finances reveal it is Christ in you.
Sing: It's my desire to live for Jesus. It's my desire to be like Him. You can take this world's wealth and riches, I don't need earth's fame; it's my desire to live for Him.
Thought for Today: Who is this behind this mask I'm wearing? Hopefully your finances reveal it is Christ.