Monday, November 15, 2010

daily text 11/15

Monday, November 15th, 2010
"Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of covetousness, because even when a person has an abundance his life does not result from the things he possesses" (Luke 12:15)

Our employer may offer us a promotion with better pay and other benefits. Or perhaps we realize that we can obtain greater financial rewards if we move to another country or region to find employment. At first, such opportunities might seem to be a blessing from Jehovah. But before we act on them, should we not examine our motives? Our primary concern should be, "How will my decision affect my relationship with Jehovah?" Satan's system relentlessly promotes materialism. (1 John 2:15, 16) The Devil's objective is to corrupt our hearts. Therefore, we need to be vigilant to identify and root out materialistic desires in our heart. (Revelation 3:15-17) Loyalty will help us to rely on Jehovah instead of ourselves.
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 2:6, 7)

This can be tricky. Sometimes people want to believe that God has answered their prayer regarding employment even when it's pretty obvious that the type of employment they've been offered would interfere with spiritual pursuits and doesn't fit the pattern of what God has actually promised to provide in this regard.
An obvious *red flag* is when the job offers a high-paying salary & benefits which are much larger than what's actually needed for them and their family, and has alot of strings attached...such as frequent, *mandatory* business travel and overtime.

Jehovah doesn't work against Himself and His own interests. He wouldn't answer a prayer by providing employment that increases "material riches" at the expense of spiritual activity, or He would actually be robbing Himself! If God's purpose is to have the "good news" preached world-wide like never before, than a person is only deceiving themselves if they believe they are being favored with abundant material riches & possessions & vacations that crowd out time spent in the preaching work or other spiritual activities.
The ministry is a Christian's MAIN vocation, while secular employment should be our "secondary" job used to support the ministry. Too many people have it backwards.