Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Do you get star struck?

It is an interesting phenomenon how star struck people get. Many of us have probably been in situations where we are with someone and they point at someone in a store or restaurant and excitedly say, “DO YOU KNOW HOW THAT IS?!?” Then after they are pointed out to us, whether we've heard of them or not, we act different toward them because they are “somebody”. We tend to forget that they are just regular people. Many of them would probably turn in the fame for a regular life if they could put “the genie back in the bottle” so to speak. This reminds me of the lyrics to a Kid Rock song. Most of his stuff I can't, and wouldn't want to listen to because of the vulgarity and profanity; but he is an amazing talent and does have some very good, clean music. In any case, the lyrics to one song goes; “some job some where on some assembly line, I wish I had that life, I bet you wish you had mine.”

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, as they say; however, when you are born-again; there is total contentment. There is no more striving for the world, and what the world says is important; we only have a desire to do our Fathers Will. Just as this transformation takes place with the lusts of this world replaced with contentment and real joy, we also see people as God sees them, at least that is the goal. We may not think of this as that important, however, the Word of God makes it clear how sinful it is to do anything less:

James 2:1-7 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "You sit here in a good place," while you say to the poor man, "You stand over there," or, "Sit down at my feet," 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

It is almost like James knew people would breeze by this command; so he follows it up with a crucial Word. Almost as if he says, “hey, don't zip by this as if to say, 'OK, next', if any of you is guilty of any part of the law you are guilty of all, so pay attention to the way in which you are to conduct yourself as a follower of Christ.”:

James 2:8-13 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

1Corinthians 1:27-29 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

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