We Gain Life in the Kindom

We will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands.

Hosea 14:3
Who on earth would look at something that they made out of materials at hand, and say, "My God"? Who would worship as divine an object whose origins they know, something that can be bought and sold on the open market? How could the ancients have been so ignorant of the Divine?
And yet here we are. No, I don't know of anyone who reviews their investment balances and thinks that they're looking at god. And nobody I know bows before their new home as though it is a deity come to earth. But we treat our possessions as though they're our gods. We give them a place in our life that seems to supersede the Creator of all things. Some now dare to compare political figures to the Savior of the world.
Jesus used simple but strong language to help us prioritize. He never turned his back on the world, and his followers shouldn't either. But our desire should not be to own the world. The earth is the Lord's, and our task is to respect and preserve it. This is part of the worship we owe the One God. By giving of ourselves and our God-given gifts, we gain a life of integrity in the Kindom.
For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
 Mark 8:36
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Thanks be to thee, O Lord, Christ, for all the benefits which thou hast given us; for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, may we know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly; for thine own sake.
 Richard of Chichester (13th century)
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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