As I read about the demise of Kartel, I think about how a young man blessed with an enormous amount of talent has allowed himself to be robbed of his Godly purpose to lead others to Christ. It is a painful thing to see. So many of our youngsters would rather have the temporary trappings of wealth no matter what the cost even to the point of ignoring the call of God on their lives and using their talents for what it was not meant for.
The Bible teaches us that there are two kingdoms – the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of darkness. We are told in the scriptures that we cannot serve God and Mammon. We will love one and hate the other (Matt 6:24). Some of us try to straddle the divide – God on one side and the trappings of the world on the other. As the chasm widens, we realise that we have to choose a side as our legs cannot be stretched any wider.
Too often we listen to the lies of the enemy. I remember an old joke: a man was visited by the devil and was given a tour of hell. He saw pristine golf courses, swimming pools, every luxury imaginable. The devil told him that if he just gave his soul to him, this was what he would have when he died. The man quickly signed the contract. When he died and went to hell, nothing was as it was presented to him. When he confronted the devil, he was told ” O, that was just the recruitment presentation”
Yet in our seeking microwave riches, we forget the promises of our Heavenly Father, “seek ye first the Kingdom of God AND ALL HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all else will be added unto you.” We tend to want the riches (all else) of the Kingdom without being a part of it or seeking after God’s righteousness. A famous rapper has said that he will work with the devil because he delivers faster. Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him. Though while he lived he counted himself blessed– and men praise you when you prosper– he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light [of life] (Psalm 49:16-19)
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. (Proverbs 11:4,28)
The road less traveled, the one where you have to learn to navigate pitfalls, dangerous cliffs, deep valleys is the one that refines us and gives us an appreciation of the things we have achieved through the Grace of Almighty God. On this road we learn to be dependent not on our strength but on the strength of Him who has covenanted with us saying, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” It is the road that leads to righteousness. The trappings of wealth we will leave behind but the righteousness of God is eternal.
In the words of Joshua – choose this day whom ye will serve
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.