The Joneses

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 22

Gold Nugget
 Verse2: “The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all.”

"Keeping up with the Joneses", is a term to describe our lustful and covetous nature to insist we have what someone or everyone else has. We weigh our self-value too often by how we perceive the value of others. Many of us have an outward perspective of someone based on their social status or financial position. This is limited to us as humans. Animals do not judge according to this stature and neither does God. As todays "gold nugget" says, "The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all." No matter what we do to get self-worth or how we measure the self-worth of others, at the end of the day, God sees His creation. He is the only one qualified to assess value on us.

When we finish this time here on earth, God will see one of two things in us. Either He will see His creation that rejected their maker and will inherit eternal separation from Him, or He will see those that accepted Him and will inherit eternal life with Him. That's it. It's really that simple. All our efforts to measure ourselves by each other are in vain. We will not be put through the Hitler test on that day. That is, we will not be placed next to Hitler to see if we were bad or not. We also will not be placed next to Billy Graham to see if we were good enough. We simply will not be measured by each other. We will be assessed by whether or not we have given the life we received from Him back to Him. It is time we start seeing each other as He sees us and not by the world's standards.

Lord, thank you Jesus for reminding me of who you are and who we are. I will purpose to remember this and keep things and people (including myself) in proper perspective. Amen

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