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08/13/2014

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Lifestyles Of The Spiritually Rich And Famous


"Your mother and brothers are outside waiting for you....'Who are my mother and brothers?' he asked" (Mk.3:32-33).

Do you remember that TV show, "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" with Robin Leach? It aired in syndication from 1984 to 1995 and featured people with extravagant lifestyles. Can you imagine what it would be like if you woke up tomorrow morning and you were suddenly one of them. Imagine crowds of people gathering wherever you went, wanting your autograph or a picture taken with you. News crews would be following you around everywhere you went and you would be besieged by endless tweets. That's exactly what happened to Jesus. In a very short time He went from a carpenter in Nazareth to a rock star/movie idol/star athlete all wrapped up into one. It was not surprising that his family pulled him aside, perhaps saying; "Now Jesus... People are starting to say some crazy things about you.... Maybe you ought to tone it down a bit with that casting-out-demons stuff... People are starting to ask questions..." Its hard not to sympathize with them just a bit because they had known him all his previously "normal life..." When we become Christians, we become a part of the "lifestyle of the spiritually rich and famous..." Maybe some people won't recognize us because we have changed our activities, language, and attitude. They may even wonder where that old person they used to know has gone, which precipitated today's verses. Some who knew us the best may doubt us the most, just as those around Jesus did, so He knows how you feel. The important thing is to stay true to Him no matter how many may question or doubt our transformation. The important lesson for all of us is to stay dedicated to Him... Jesus will remain faithful to us, so we must be faithful to Him, as He explains that we now have a new family of true believers. Take time to enjoy and soak in your new lifestyle of the spiritually rich and famous...

Have a great day... Do good.... Give HIM the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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