Read: Proverbs 15
Key Verses: Proverbs 15:17. “Better is a dish of vegetables where love is than a fattened ox served with hatred.”
Devotional: I always hesitate to make blanket statements because we live in a world where God has created each of us with a unique personality, set of interests, likes and dislikes. You would be hard pressed to find two people that agree on every topic or share an identical opinion on a particular issue. With that said, I think we can all agree that a big juicy steak is far better than a plate full of vegetables. If you don’t agree, please know that I’ll add you to my prayer list (just kidding) I couldn’t possibly pray for you (just kidding) I will pray for you because clearly you’re struggling (just kidding) you’re not struggling, you’re just misguided (just kidding). Okay, enough is enough. Let’s move on.
I can only speak from my perspective but if presented with the option of a fat juicy steak or a plate of veggies, I’m always going with the steak. By and large that’s our world right? We generally prefer what’s perceived as the bigger and better option. We prefer bigger and better meals, bigger and better houses, bigger and better cars, bigger and better promotions, bigger and better phones, bigger, better, bigger, better. Where does it stop?
Proverbs 15:17 speaks of our relationships with others like this in the NASB, “Better is a dish of vegetables where love is than a fattened ox served with hatred.”
In other words, bigger and better isn’t always what it seems. “More” by the world’s standard is in reality “less” if love isn’t a part of the equation and “less” is actually “more” if genuine love is in the mix.
Let me stop here and tell you that I appreciate bigger and better as much as the next guy. My concern is when we apply the bigger and better idea to our walks with Jesus. What classifies our relationship with Jesus as bigger and better?
In other words God doesn’t see things the way that I see things. What I perceive as valuable isn’t really valuable in the Kingdom economy. God’s not concerned with my perception of my salvation. He’s not concerned with my perception of the calling He placed on my life. My salvation and calling, your salvation and calling are equal in God’s sight to all those who have received His salvation and answered His call.
We cheapen our salvation and our calling when we focus on the the world’s definition of bigger and better. We cheapen the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. We cheapen the calling that God has placed on our lives when we convince ourselves that it’s not as “meaty” as someone else’s calling. As much as a I prefer a fat juicy steak over a plate of veggies for dinner, I’d much rather have a spiritual plate of veggies that’s straight from God’s table than a manufactured steak from the world’s.
Take Action: How often do you compare your story, salvation and calling with those around you? Do you ever feel like you don’t measure up? Do you ever feel like your “testimony” isn’t as powerful? Make a list of those who could benefit from hearing your story?
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