Today’s Scripture: John 10
My cousin grew up in a household where both parents worked. His father worked for NASA for over 30 years, and his mother worked, well I don’t know what she did, but her job paid well enough that she was able to shop comfortably every weekend. My uncle had a sports car that talked like KITT from Knight Rider. I thought it was the coolest thing. They were living their “American Dream” like many other families.
There isn’t anything wrong with working hard and enjoying financial freedom, but our society feeds the idea that material items will make us happy. The more you have, the happier you are. Some of us spend so much effort chasing after things, trying to “keep up with the Joneses” or trying to “one-up” our neighbors, that we lose sight of what’s essential, which is a life of abundance through Jesus.
John 10: 7-10 (NIV)
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The commercials, some family and friends, social media, and entertainers of all sorts play the role of the hustler. They get us to believe along with them that our security resides in the things we obtain, like clothing, phones, and social status. Their lies may become our truth if we don’t hear and know HIS truth, namely that HE is the gatekeeper to our abundant life.
Do you have people in your circle who regularly lead you astray? How do you get back to the right path when you find yourself striving for material happiness?
Remember that your walk as a Christian isn’t easy. Surround yourself with people who are on the same path of living a life of abundance in Jesus. Join a life group and stay plugged in. Invite family and friends who aren’t on the same journey to a service at CedarCreek, or ask how you can pray for them.
Father God, thank you for always being here for me. Please continue to push me to walk in faith instead of holding onto material things. Guide me to live my life with the gatekeeper and not believe the hustler so that those around me will know your truth. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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