WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But My kingdom is not from the world.’ Then Pilate said to Him, ‘So you are a King?’”
John 18:36-37 ESV
WRESTLING WITH THE TRUTH: GRATIFICATION
In 1946, Darryl Zanuck, head of 20th Century Fox, offered this astute observation: “Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” I think it’s safe to say that Darryl would have never made a living in predicting the future.
Unless your name is Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, it’s hard for us to know what’s going to happen a few days from now much less to know what’s going to happen in eternity. In John 18, Pilate and the angry mob were focused on their own earthy kingdoms here and now. Jesus came to offer us a life in His Kingdom that would last forever.
In Luke 12, Jesus taught about a wealthy man who had built a great financial empire but had neglected his spiritual condition. In Luke 12:20-21, “God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Wrestling with instant gratification and a focus only on our own little kingdoms here and now can get in the way of following God’s truth. And yet we spend so much time trying to build up our little financial empires, or to create the perfect dream house, or to get that awesome car. Read Luke 12:13-21. In what ways are you like the “rich fool” in this story? In what ways are you dissimilar to the “rich fool?” Ask God to show you a way you can invest in your eternal portfolio this week.