If there is a great way to determine how religious a man is, just check his pocketbook. In Acts 19, Demetrius was a religious man, but his religion was of the “green” sort. In today’s world, many express a degree of devotion to God, but when the pocketbook is affected, that religious “devotion” wanes a bit!
Our jobs, we are told time and again, are necessary. With these jobs we can provide the necessary things of life. That is what they thought in Jeremiah’s day as well (Jeremiah 44:15-19). Yes, this a a great way to test certain things, such as one’s religious devotion to the Lord. That “fork in the road” becomes a clearer path to take when one’s devotion is to the material of this world.
Another great way to test one’s religious devotion is to educate him in spiritual things (teachings) that are beyond this world. What will a man give in exchange for his soul?
The last true evangelist that I’ve known who lived what he preached, was Brother Dan Gibson, who preached for our Montana Street congregation for approximately seven years. He has since retired, he and his wife moving to Conroe, Texas to be close to their children.
He and his wife Joy, are now members of the Longmire congregation http://www.longmirechurchofchrist.com/longmirecc/welcome, where he now preaches part time. He also oversees the congregation’s educational program, making sure that the materials used in their Bible classes, coincides with clear Bible teaching.
Brother Dan is truly a man of the Book. I love and miss he and his wife dearly. I call him every weekend to see how he and his wife are getting along healthwise (they are in their late 70’s). Such faithful preachers in the brotherhood, are few and far between (and getting fewer by the day).
Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.
John Wooden, basketball coach, UCLA Bruins