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What would Satan do?

Listen. Sometimes you have to give an article a flashy title to get people interested, okay? In this case though, this is exactly what I’m going to be talking about.

If you have ever read the biblical account of Job, then you may know Job went through hell on earth by being tested through several trials, like disease, loss of family, loss of wealth, loss of respect and all at the hands of Satan. See my old post “What Happened to Job“, if you care to read about this great story. We learn in the book of Job that Satan has been allowed many “abilities”, some of which allow him to do great harm and manipulation in our world.

First, let’s backtrack and set the stage. Most of my readers live in the USA and for the most part we live in a culture that epitomizes the American Dream. The dream that we can make ourselves into whatever we want. We can work hard and get whatever we want. We can make it happen if we try. Sounds good on the surface doesn’t it?

Now, let’s dig into this ideology. We see words like ourselves and we in the definition above which equates to me, myself and I. Are you with me? Good. I thought this would be easy for you. Moving on, we can easily see that this American Dream concept has also translated into an “I want this”, and an “I want that” mentality. A mentality of materialism.materialism

Next, we can look at how we live. Why do we dream? Isn’t it to make money so we can buy something or earn respect in someone’s eyes or provide a grand lifestyle? I like a statement I’ve heard my pastor and others proclaim.

We work so we can buy something we don’t need, so we can impress the people around us that we don’t even like or even care to know.

How sick and wrong is that? Can you honestly deny that you’ve taken part in this mentality? Now let’s transition to the meat of this rumination. What does the church look like in your neighborhood?

Let’s think about all of the church splits, church arguments about money, doctrinal battles and overall strife among denominations. Where does this come from? Obviously in the church, it comes from having an attitude like that of Christ and the concept of loving your neighbor as yourself, right? Ha! LOL! Where does it come from people? You tell me. How about, “I want this”, “I want that”? Hmm.

Sorry to say this, but I contend that the idea of the American Dream is a tool that Satan has used VERY well to get us to forget the real mission of the Church (with a capital C), so that we would spend our energy worrying about MY church (little c) and what type of music SHOULD be played. Our churches have become materialistic, our attitudes revolve around this concept and it shows.

In the bible Job was a righteous man and he was tested in oh so many ways. He passed the test and came out better in the end. How are we doing in the midst of our testing?  What do our attitudes truly show?

Jesus said, GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS

….oh, I’m not called to do that…I can’t, I have a church meeting about the building project…isn’t that the job of missionaries?…here, have some money so I feel like I’m a part of the work…this year I’m going on vacation maybe next year…I can’t give now because I have a cable bill, cell phone bill, car payment and credit card bill due.

What would Satan do?

In this case does he even…..need…..to do…..anything..…else?

Tough truth

You have a good job and life.  You are able to buy just about anything you want.  Next year you need more, maybe.  Your job is unsatisfying so you look for a new job to define yourself and support the family with honor.  Are these things bad?  Could they be the wrong ideas?  I’m still reading in John and getting more and more out of it.  From the following verses:

The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.(The Holy Bible : NIV Jn 12:23-26)

Wow, this really spoke to me.  I’ve heard it before, read it many times before, but it made me really think about my life.  What did Jesus mean by “hate”?  It seems clear to me that He meant our “old life” before becoming a true Christian.  You could also argue that it means all aspects of our life, meaning we should all be missionaries, etc.  In a sense I think both of these thoughts are correct.
—-Let’s look at Paul, in some of his letters in the New Testament he is a “tent-maker” working when he needs to, and staying with supporters when they “support” him.  Paul was not defined by his job of tent-making, he was defined by his relationship with God and what he did about it!
—-Mary and Martha seemed to be hard workers surrounding Lazarus, they had many of the same feelings we have (i.e. busy-ness, sorrow, joy) They were not missionaries like Paul.  They supported Lazarus as far as we can tell and may have supported Jesus for a time too.  Lazarus attracted lots of attention because we was raised from the dead.  In John, it speaks of how many people came to know Christ through Lazarus.
—-Also, Matthew, Mark, Luke and Peter spent a lot of time performing miracles and spreading the Word.  BUT, we must also recognize that they had much help behind the scenes that wasn’t often spoken of in the Bible.  There was the scenario when they needed help dealing with feeding all the widows.  They noted that they needed someone to step up and take care of this ministry so they could take care of their own ministry of spreading the Gospel. (The pastor cannot do everything!)
—-So, what am I getting at?  In just a few examples, we see that we are all supposed to work in some way.  The job may change too.  We do need to put food on the table and take care of family.  The key is that we are also supposed to be ministering in some way.  Feeding the poor, preaching, helping others, encouraging, but doing these things in the name of Jesus Christ.  God says he gave us all spiritual gifts.  Can you tell what spiritual gifts those listed above had?
—-Do you know what your spiritual gifts are?  Have you ever taken what is called a spiritual gift assessment?  Here is a simple one, but there are many out there.  Try a few and see if you have a hidden gift you have never developed!!!
The Bible tells us we are all ambassadors for Jesus Christ.  We are to be defined by a new life in Christ, and we are to look back on our old life and truly “hate it”.  Are you still defined by your job, your standing in life?  Maybe it’s time to take a look, and see what God may truly have in store for you!  Don’t miss out!
In Christ,
Jeff