Here is something for me to assess.
Am I being pretentious?
Am I pretending and showing off what I have trying to make it more important than it really is?
Am I a happy with the simple life?
A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life. | Proverbs 13:7 (The Message Bible)
Jesus warns me about this. Jesus is not a big fan of hypocrisy. He confronts it head on. This word from Jesus is particularly compelling. Yikes!
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” Matthew 23:27–28 (NASB)
The life Jesus calls me to live is a simple life focused on doing His will. It is to build up treasure in the Kingdom of God, not here. It is be transparent not pretentious or hypocritical.
That is plenty to focus on I think! It is enough for today.
Quite the humble pronouncement from a monarch whose regal splendor and pomp brought a visit from the Queen of Sheba.
Wonder if any of his 800 wives and concubines cared.
Much of Solomon’s sayings ring of “do as I say but not as I do”.
(And then there were those sanctuaries for Ashtoreth and other pagan goddesseses . . . hmmmmm.)