Keeping Up With the Joneses

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 22

Gold Nugget
Verse 2: “The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all.”

When we get to heaven, you won't have to worry about keeping up with the Joneses. We'll all be Joneses. For those of you that may not be familiar with this old term, this has nothing to do with The Jonas Brothers. I didn't make a typo. "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 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 today’s "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, He 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 His creation 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 vanity. 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. Yes, all He asked was for us to give to Him what was already His. He died for us so we could live for Him. It is time that we started seeing ourselves as He sees us and not by the world's standards.

Lord, thank you 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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