LIVE IN THE MOMENT?
In the news recently, the L.A. Times reported a Chinese teenager sold one of his kidneys in order to by an iPhone and an iPad. I was shocked when I first read this. Why would someone do such a thing? An iPhone or iPad are both things that in our day and age are only going to be useful at best for 4-5 years. Yet your kidney is something you need for the rest of your life.
This teen’s foolish act can be a great lesson for us. Clearly his decision to get rid of something so valuable, for objects that are short-term is a decision based on the here and now. His immediate desires and interests were of greater value than the long term. As Christians, we can be guilty of this when we give into temptation. James 1:13 “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (14) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. (15) Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, brings for the death.”
Notice again in verse 13: God cannot be tempted. Why? 1. God is Spirit: temptation is an appeal through the flesh. Fleshly appeal has no appeal if something is not fleshly. 2. God is eternal: temptation by its very nature is an earthly or in the moment desire.
What better way to consider temptation: To see it through the eyes of God! I’m not saying that temptation will no longer have any appeal to us, or we will no longer be troubled by the devil; but if we can view temptation from the eternal eyes of God, temptation is not as appealing. In other words, if we can live our lives focused on spiritual things and things eternal, we are more apt to overcome in the hour of daily temptation.
WEEKLY BIBLE READING: 2 Kings 4-22
News and Notes:
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For the Record
JOSIAH: GOD’S RIGHTEOUS KING
2 Kings 22-23
I. A RIGHTEOUS KING:
His Description of Righteousness… (2 Kings 22:2)
Was Righteous in spite of his family tree…
II. RIGHT RESPONSE TOWARD’S GOD’S WORD:
A. He tore his clothes because he: __________________________
B. He ______________________________________________
C. He ______________________________________________
D. He ______________________________________________
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