Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
"There are many, I used to mention them often but now I mention them also with weeping, who are walking as the enemies of the torture stake of the Christ, and their finish is destruction, and their god is their belly." (Philippians 3:18, 19)
In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul spoke of some who used to be fellow worshippers. How, though, can a person's stomach, or belly, be a god? It appears that for those acquaintances of Paul, a desire to indulge in fleshly desires became more important than serving Jehovah along with Paul. Some may literally have overindulged in food or drink to the point of gluttony or drunkenness. (Proverbs 23:20, 21) Others may have chosen to make the most of the opportunities available in the first-century world and were thus distracted from serving Jehovah. May we never allow a desire for the so-called good life to cause us to slow down in our whole-souled service to Jehovah.—Colossians 3:23, 24.
(Watchtower issue: 4/15/08, 1:11, 12)
Well this account is like the *ultimate* warning example of never underestimating the power of "fleshly desires" to warp our spiritual vision.
Think about this for a minute... The Christians who Paul is describing here, as becoming "enemies of Christ" -were the disciples who lived during the time of Jesus and the apostles, and had been counted among the first humans ever chosen to be anointed by holy spirit and granted the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of ruling alongside Jesus Christ in the kingdom, and having immortal life in heaven. -Yet look what they threw it all away for...something so commonplace and trivial as a few extra years of cushy "wine-and-dine" living, and enjoying the "good life" before they died. What a pitiful trade to make, especially after having come so far already in helping to form and establish the 1st-century Christian congregation.