Seeing so many people trying to remain germane in a world that is fleeting is a sad sight indeed. There are a host of popular reality shows on television and other media channels that are centered on people who are either trying to create a name for themselves or trying to remain current in the eyes of the people; in essence, they’re all trying to stay relevant in a world that’s passing. It’s no secret that we all, in some form or fashion, like attention, however, one has to question his or her own motives if he or she desires to be in the spotlight more often than not. Yes, it’s ok to have a nice car, it’s quite alright to have a fine wardrobe, and it’s not a bad thing to have a little extra money to blow; however, when these things and others are used to obtain glory for oneself and not to honor God and bless others, one is tiptoeing that fine line between self-gratification and reverence to God. Consider what Jesus tells his disciples, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!” (Matt 6:1-2, HCSB) If you practice wickedness before people in effort to be seen by them, you can be certain that God has something in store for you as well (not a reward)! If you’re striving to be a Christian, don’t miss out on what God has  prepared for you by being distracted by (or attracted to) things that will take your focus off of Him; be especially aware of those things that are intended to elevate your standings with others. Jesus states, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:25, NASB) Who, in their right mind, would want to invest all that they have in a stock that is clearly destined for failure? Why would one waste time, one of God’s greatest gifts, chasing temporal things. 1 John 2:17 reports, the world is passing away, and also its lusts. This same scripture closes by stating, “But the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (NASB) In other words, don’t spend your life trying to fit in with man, stand out for God! Don’t lose your soul pursuing momentary praise; pay homage to God and live forevermore!”

MD 7/3/12