Friday, September 18, 2009

Trojan Horses and Price Tags

Pastor Michael's sermon was spot on Sunday when he said,
"There are a lot of Trojan horses out there, things that look like gifts."
That is so true. But we seldom ever look at it that way.

Isn't it funny how some of Satan's biggest temptations often come in the form or disguise of a gift?

But perhaps what really made this message sink in and come full circle was when I read a post from Mark Batterson yesterday. It reads...

Switch the Price Tags

Soren Kierkegaard once told a parable about two thieves who broke into a jewelry store, but instead of stealing the jewels they simply switched the price tags. They put high-priced tags on cheap jewelry and low-priced tags on valuable gems. For several weeks no one noticed. People bought cheap jewelry for exorbitant prices and rare jewels for spare change. Kierkegaard's point is pretty obvious: sometimes we have difficulty discerning between what is valuable and what is worthless.

John 10:10 says, "The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy." But here's how he steals. Very rarely is it overt. He uses covert means. He switches the price tags. He wants us to place supreme value on worthless things and no value on things that are invaluable.

A relationship with Jesus Christ is of infinite value. To settle for anything less is literally robbing from yourself.

Perhaps the Lord is trying to tell me something here. Maybe I've seen so many "Trojan Horses" that my vision has become somewhat blurred. Maybe I've allowed the thief to come and change my priority list, rearranging the things that are supposed to have the most value in my life and causing me to give attention to those that seem like good things but in reality they hold no value.

Maybe you need to examine your walk for Trojan Horses or maybe you need to look for a switch of price tags. Whatever the case may be, John 10:10 should be a warning that the enemy is literally "within the walls" just waiting for the chance to attack!!

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