Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lent Season Mar 09

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt

"For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked." Revelation 3:17

Let’s talk about God’s economy for just a moment. Why do you think Jesus said they were 'wretched, blind and naked? That seemed to be opposite of reality, afterall, they were rich! Surely they had fine clothes and not naked. How were they poor?

The world says, ‘He with the most toys wins’ but God knows, ‘You can’t take it with you.’ 

This world is very persuasive in focusing solely on things that we can see, touch and taste. Who has time to focus on something that is not on our to-do list? But how much of our list has any lasting Kingdom value?

The people of Laodicea looked upon their money as their savior and god. This is a pitiful way to live because it is only temporary. When a person puts their faith in money, what happens when they die? They appear before the Great White Throne Judgment one day as a naked, blind, wretch with no hope of eternal life.

Naked - No Clothes of Righteous Deeds
Blind - Earthly riches blinded the truth of Jesus
Wretch - Sinful being with No Hope

Reflection: How many things on your to-do list have a lasting impact on the Kingdom and your eternal rewards?   

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