Live Like John The Baptist

Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.” -Matthew 19:21 (GNT)

I heard a good message today that reminded me that we should be living like John the Baptist. First of all, think about what John the Baptist was here to do: prepare the way for our Lord. He was born into a lineage of the priesthood, and certainly could have lived much better (in the eyes of the world) than he actually did. He wore clothing of Camel's hair, preached in the desert and ate locusts and wild honey. He could have worn distinctive priestly clothing, worked in the temple and lived much more comfortably-- had he chosen to disobey God and follow the ways of the world.

The preacher (a Salvation Army Captain I am quite fond of) asked his congregation whether or not we thought some of these T.V. preachers would give up their multi-million dollar homes, move into [what most would consider] a normal home and give the rest to the poor? I am sad to say I think the answer is probably, in most cases, no. I think we would get some really good rationalization about how God has blessed them for their hard work, etc., and that they already give a substantial amount. Many of these preachers will tell you very specific things that God has told them, but none of them ever seem to get the directive that Jesus gave the rich man in the Bible. I suppose it is not wise for me to contemplate it much beyond that and simply live my life listening for God's voice and doing what I sincerely believe is His will for me in my life. When we pray to seek His will, I know it is always revealed to us. After all, in the eyes of many in this world, the home we have would probably be considered very luxurious. It may be old and not worth a whole lot by New England standards, but it is warm enough to tolerate the winters, does not leak and really doesn't look all that bad for being 166 years old this year. We feel very blessed to have a home and also to have all the things we have.

I guess, as a follower of Christ, I should always be asking myself the question of exactly what exactly I think my treasure is and where it is.

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