I remember two different conversations with two different ‘professionals’ that said the same thing, and both made me stop and think.
Years ago there was a gentleman who was promoted to be one of the many Vice Presidents of a company at which I worked. He had previously been a director and he lived in the same subdivision as me. He was excited about his new position. A few months later, as we was settling into his role I asked him how were things going. He said, “They are going well. I’m looking for a new house that ‘fits the role'”. Hmmmmm. House that fits the role. The has he was living in was already very nice.
Fast forward to after I entered the profession of education. I was talking to a young man who had recently been promoted to the position of Assistant Principal. In a conversation about what he did over the weekend, he mentioned shopping for another car that ‘looked the part’ and ‘fit the role’.
WHAT DOES ‘LOOK THE PART’ and ‘FIT THE ROLE’ MEAN?
It’s amazing how much emphasis that people in our western culture places on appearances.
Where should an upper level executive live?
What should an administrator in education drive?
How should a preacher dress?
There are people who make a good living crafting the ‘images’ of public figures. However the people who really know them look on and think, ‘who is that’?
Should you be able to tell a person’s role on their job by their vehicles in the parking lot?
Are we that shallow?
That’s why people will allow themselves into the slavery of enormous debt because they want to portray a certain image. An image. An image.
Hmmmmm. Portray an image.
If we find ourselves driven to pursue AN IMAGE, we are dangerously close to a subtle form of idolatry. Even if that image is ourselves. Remember, idols don’t all have to be GRAVEN images…
Colossians 3:5 NKJV
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
The bible says that borrowers are slaves to those whom they owe…
Proverbs 22:7 (NKJV)
7 The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower is servant to the lender.
Both gentlemen mentioned above, even though they were both in nice cars and vehicles, were diving deeper in debt, not because it was something they needed or even wanted…but because of how it looked.
Have you ever made a decision because of how you felt you looked to others? In a sense, it’s chasing emptiness. If you drive past someone in a very expensive car, and they think, WOW! What value did that thought add to your life? If someone visits your huge, elaborately decorated home and tells you, WOW! You’ve done quite well for yourself. It is beautiful! What value did that add to your life?
If you get a promotion based on appearances, does that lead to more and more pressure to keep up this ‘image’ you’ve created for yourself?
When you think about it…it chasing emptiness. It’s chasing wind.
Ecclesiastes 1:14 (NKJV)
14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.
Be very careful of what image you are working to conform to…
Romans 8:29 (KNJV)
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.