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March 30, 2015

In this modern society, people are still controlled by what others have. Many people believe that the “success of a person is valued by material possessions”.  We have placed “earthly things ahead of Spiritual things”.

If we set our affections on things above, we won’t be controlled by earthly things; which are only temporary. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”. “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry; because of these, the wrath of God is coming”. (Colossians 3:2, 5-6) When we make pleasing God our priority, we won’t have time to focus on earthly things. If we diligently seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

One local television pastor is asking his congregation to assist in buying him a sixty-five million dollar jet. Why? Airlines fly everywhere a person may need to go. Why burden your congregation with excessive spending if they have already participated in tithes and offerings? People believe they have to dress a certain type of way, drive a certain type of car, and live in the right zip code to be considered successful. Someone once commented to me “people expect pastors to drive a certain type of car because nobody wants to follow a poor pastor”. When we define poor, are we talking Spiritual, wisdom or financial?

My opinion: people have placed these status expectations upon themselves.  Where in the Bible did Jesus put on a $3,000 suit, rode from Galilee to Jerusalem in a BMW or flew in His private jet? Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here”. (Mark 11:1b-2)

Sixty-five million dollars will feed a large portion of the hungry and can help many of the needy. When we stand before God, what will we say? I could have fed the hungry and helped the needy but I wanted a jet.  “For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink.  I was a stranger and you did not invite me in. I needed clothes and you did not clothe me. I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?  “He will reply, ‘truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’(Matthew 25:42-45) According to this Pastor his reasons for requesting this extravagant means of travel was to reach those in need. My response to that would be, there are commercial entity’s dedicated to the shipping and delivery of supplies (the trucking industry, the airlines and rail systems).

To quote Sir Thomas Browne, an English physician, writer and theologian: “But how shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves? ‘Charity begins at home,’ is the voice of the world;” – Sir Thomas Browne, 1642. But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1Timothy 5:8)  What about the hungry and needy here in Georgia? There are television and radio stations in other Countries to spread the Gospel. Buy some air-time and spread the Gospel for a lot less than $65 million. Send or go as a missionary. God has already promised His Word will not come back void.

It is true that God will supply our every need.  He never said “we could not have beautiful or wonderful things” but we have to keep everything in perspective. He has come that they may have life, and has it to the full. (John 10:10)

Prayer: Father, we ask You to grant us wisdom to seek Your will and seek the Kingdom of Heaven. We realize that material things are only another one of Satan distractions. Help us to keep our focus on You. We know, these material things are only temporal but your Kingdom is from everlasting to everlasting. Father we love and adore You. Forgive us of our sins of omission and commission. Father, help us be better stewards of our time and finances. We surrender all to doing your will. When we walk out of the backdoor of life, we ask You to carry us through the door to eternal life. Father, we just want to hear “well done”.

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One Comment
  1. I like you, Pastor Fairley, I just want to hear the Lord say…well done!

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