Saturday, April 05, 2003

Edifier du Jour-James 3:13-18(NASB)
13: Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14: But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15: This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16: For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17: But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18: And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Worldly "wisdom" tends to breed arrogance, that you think that you're better than other people due to your knowledge. "Smell me, I'm a college professor [or your job title] and you're just a lowly [fill in position]." As we climb the various ladders in our lives at work, in organizations and at church, are we advancing so that God can better use your skills or to give your ego a boost? Bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. Are you looking to move up because you want to be at least equal to the big-shots? Are you looking to improve yourself in order to have more goodies or to lord your position over people? If so, that's not what God's shooting for. This is easier said than done, but we should look to improve ourselves and our standing in order to better serve God. If we get a little more bling-bling or more pats on the back in the process, so be it. However, the material things aren't what we're here after, it's the hereafter that we're here after.

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