PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Mar
31

Temporal Status

John Tilton

Scripture
Psalm 49:16-20 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,when the splendor of their houses increases;
for they will take nothing with them when they die,their splendor will not descend with them. Though while they live they count themselves blessed —and people praise you when you prosper —they will join those who have gone before them,who will never again see the light of life. People who have wealth but lack understanding
are like the beasts that perish.
Observation
The psalmist states it clear of how we tend to admire wealth and success and often stand in awe. Yet we are reminded that no one can take their wealth with them. One can live in splendor and prosperity, yet if we place our heart, mind and soul on possessions, these things will do us no good beyond death. If people do not understand this, like the beasts of the earth, they will perish. Yet, we are called to place our heart, mind and soul on things of the Lord laying our treasure up in heaven with obedience and servanthood. It is then that the wealth and prosperity we enjoy is the value of seeing God's will be done in our lives and others through our example and influence. Thus, we must not covet and convert the unsaved to the saved.
Application
I know that I am called of God to serve Him. I also know that I must refrain from coveting but instead converting with influence and example those that God calls me to minister to in whatever way is afforded. I can acknowledge their success and wealth, yet focus on sharing the true and eternal wealth in God's riches and the succession of knowing where I am destined to live eternally.
Prayer
Dear Lord, I pray that my mind and heart will always be enamored with you ways and will, and not that of the world that is temporal and prone to wear, tear and corrosion. May I always remember to set my mind on the treasures of your Kingdom and the splendor of your glory exampled in lives committed to you.

Devotions for March 31

Judges 9,10
Psalms 49
1 Corinthians 16

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