Proverbs 14 6-14-19

People who don’t know Christ have no idea about the love that Christians have for each other. It’s beyond them.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.

It’s a matter of perspective. When a person is among the trees, his view is limited. “He can’t see the forest for the trees.” When he is on the mountaintop, he can see the entire landscape.

As long as we are on this earth, we are “in the forest.” BUT, the Holy Spirit gives us God’s perspective through His Word and through inspiration. The first thing we learn is that this world is no longer our home. In Christ, we become citizens of heaven.

Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

This verse contains all the basics: Who we are, whom we serve, what He is up to, and our hope of what is to come.

The second thing that we learn is that Christ’s way is completely different than the natural way of doing things. His love is “backwards” from the world’s way. It is this reason that the evolutionist cannot understand this verse:

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 10:10

Evolution says that the strong dominate the weak.

Christ says that the strong serve the weak.

Evolution says that Natural Selection is the Rule: Only the strong survive.

Christ says that He is Creator and He charges His children to care for each other, especially to care for those who cannot care for themselves.

Evolution says that “it’s every man for himself.”

Christ says to put others ahead of yourselves. Through Paul, He said,

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. rather, in humility value others above yourselves. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Humble. Taken from Philippians 2:3-7.

Evolution is about hierarchy: The greatest to the least.

Christ is about community and family: the least to the greatest.

25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:25-28

We cannot take the evolutionist’s point of view (worldview). As soon as we do, we lose sight of Christ’s point of view (worldview). Decide today which worldview you will accept. It colors how we perceive everything and everyone.

The “house” of the wicked (those who choose any other way but Christ’s) will be destroyed because it is a house of cards and will topple with the slightest truth; the result is eternal separation from God. The “tent” of the upright (those who believe Christ) base their lives on the truth of Scripture and are just passin’ through this world to His. My favorite promise Jesus gives us is:

14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms [mansions]; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Let’s revel in this promise and build our lives around it. Let’s be devoted to one another and honor one another above ourselves. It’s the Christ-like thing to do.

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