Do your thoughts ever consider the craziness of our world? There are people scrambling for power. Wealth is paraded, and in contrast, millions live in heart-wrenching poverty! Justice is perverted by terrorists and slippery politicians.
I have observed over the last period of time thousands of complaints about a delay in a TV programme starting, complaints and demonstrations concerning implemented austerity measures. People who only look at the personal implications of restriction and inconvenience, rather than the whole picture as in the case of a TV programme which was an unavoidable technical issue, or in austerity measures an only way out of paying an owed debt irrespective of the cause.
Where does all this stem from? Why are some people so selfish and uncaring? Will things ever change for the better?
The basic cause for this situation can be summed up in one word: Selfishness. The selfish human heart, that lives only for itself has been an issue throughout creation. God’s plan was that everything He has created would be a blessing to others. But His plan met with opposition in Heaven when Lucifer allowed the desire to be above everyone else (Isaiah 14:14) 13-14You said to yourself,
“I’ll climb to heaven. I’ll set my throne over the stars of God. I’ll run the assembly of angels that meets on sacred Mount Zaphon. I’ll climb to the top of the clouds. I’ll take over as King of the Universe!” .
God gave a warning in the tenth commandment against having an attitude of covetousness, self-seeking, looking out just for yourself, and the desire for selfish gain (Exodus 20:17). 17 “No lusting after your neighbour’s houseor wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbour’s”.
For us to understand the devastating effects of covetousness we need only compare the two main players in the struggle between good and evil.
A. Lucifer (later known as Satan) said, (Isaiah 14:13-14). “I’ll set my throne over the stars of God…I’ll take over as King of the Universe!” .
B. Christ, (Philippians 2:6-7). “When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human”. When reading the bible a clear picture of what heaven values most is presented. In (John 13:3-17) “. . . So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron Jesus washed His disciples feet to demonstrate His plan for people to serve one another with dignity . . .” Giving of ones self, finance, time to benefit others is a fundamental in God’s kingdom. God gave and and sent His son, what an amazing sacrifice. Not only did God give us Salvation, but He showered us with other blessings and gifts and allowed us to to manage and use them in compassionate ways.We are God’s Managers so let us use what has been given generously to us, generously give to others. (Mathew 10:8) “Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously”
In the management of His gifts let it not only be at our convenience but also being led by His Spirit and responding to His voice even when it demands sacrifice.
Let us by His Grace and with His help bring influence and consequential effect to His World.