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King who serves himself

QT 1 Kings 10:14-29

April 24, 2015

Somewhere in Proverbs as well as in Deuteronomy 17 says King should not serve himself. King shouldn’t have great number of horses for himself, shouldn’t have many wives, accumulate large amounts of gold or silver, because his heart will be led astray. Today’s QT looks and sounds wonderful, but it’s everything God didn’t want from a king. He wants a who serves others like Jesus.

In today’s world, at least in the democratic world, every person is their own king. I too am a king of myself. As a king, my heart to will be led astray if I serve myself. In today’s terms, horses = cars, wives = wives, gold and silver is kind of like money. I am a business man, a lot of people who don’t know what it means to run a business think that business is about making money. I can see why because it’s a very clear cut point system, but business is really about making value. And actually, when you have a lot of cash, it’s losing value. When US dollar lost the gold standard, inflation and central bank tax became the norm. So, if you hold on to money, it’s losing value. You have spend it in the right places. Now, if money is the only point system there is, then the right place to spend money are places where it’s going to make more money. That’s fine because places that make more money are creating value somehow themselves because otherwise they wouldn’t be making money. But the problem is there value that cannot be counted with money. Feeding the hungry, adopting orphans, and just generally helping others who can’t possibly help you back, all those things definitely create value that cannot be counted with money. But these are actually the things Jesus wants the most.

Looking at myself, and looking at my business, the purpose can’t be for the existence, sustenance, and luxury for myself and itself. The purpose is the serve others, and especially to serve those who can’t serve you. I can’t say that I or my business does any of that at this point, but maybe it’s time to start keeping my eyes and ears open for the chance.

Application: prepare for mokjang night with a thankful heart