I had to laugh at the news this morning…so now they are questioning if the Pope really wants the job because he is not living lavishly like his predecessors. I think (meaning this is just my personal opinion) that many have forgotten what the Book they are supposed to live by commands
2 Corinthians 1:12 says…We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you. The King James version specifically uses the words “simplicity and godly-sincerity”.
Here Paul had determined that for his entire Christian life, he would remain faithful to his Lord, refuse to conform to the world that crucified his Savior and persevere in holiness until God called him home.
Proverbs 13:7 says….There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
This paradox of greed causing poverty and of generosity causing wealth is a recurring theme in scripture.
Luke 12:15 says…And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Hebrews 13:5 says…Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Greed and immorality are closely connected. All too often the love of abundance and luxury and the constant desire for wealth open up a person to sexual sins.
1 Timothy 6:6-10 says 6Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
All these scriptures are a reminder to me of how simple God intended life to be. And the abundance of things can lead to temptation and destruction. A friend said to me…”the way God intended us to be in this life was so simple, that he gave us all the pleasures of life, but man choose the hard way and that’s why we have so much chaos in the world today.” Why is the Pope being looked at a way because he chooses to not wear the extravagant attire, because he prefers a simple and basic room to sleep in, because he puts himself in the position of servant and washed the woman’s feet. Are you kidding me…we are ALL servants for the Lord, regardless of our titles. Those titles mean nothing to God. I don’t practice a Catholic faith, but I see a man who has a heart to follow Jesus in this new Pope and people have become so blinded by the worlds standards that they can’t even see the God in him. I pray for the new Pope…I pray that he will stay close to God to help him fulfill this destiny. I pray that he will do all that God has called him to do and remain faithful and not conform to the ways of the world like the ones before him. I pray that he will stand strong in the midst of controversy because he has a lot to clean up and make right. I pray that God will come in and do what only He can do and that He gets the glory.