When I passed the Porsche on PCH

When I passed the PorscheI drive a give-to-the-poor-missionary-back-from-Guatemala Ford Escort dredged out of Paleolithic strata. The sun has scorched off paint in places, the lining is falling down onto my kids’ heads.

When I passed a Porsche

My son liked this car at the autoshop

So when a Porsche stalled in front of me on Pacific Coast Highway at a stoplight, something inside of me wanted to shout as I roared past: “Get a real car!”

Hmmmmmm. Where did this envy come from? I thought I was free from that.

Sin has a way to lurk in when you least suspect.

When you pray for finances, you need to be on your guard against envy. What is your motivation? To bless others or to bless yourself? To keep up with Jesus or to keep up with the Joneses?

define-necessityGod promises to provide, but many times our idea of provision falls squarely into the realm of “want,” not “need.” It became popular among Christians a number of years ago to call ourselves “children of the King.” The logical conclusion is we want to live it up like princes and princesses. The biggest problem with this reasoning is how Jesus, being much more a Prince than us, lived in poverty:Β The Son of Man has no place to lay His headΒ (Matt. 8:20).

We can trust God to provide for our needs — and we ought to guard against confusing needs with wants.

49 responses to “When I passed the Porsche on PCH

  1. Wow, that’s hard to look at!

  2. The most princely (good prince anyway) way to live is to raise others up – live as a servant to the people to empower them. Royalty and Chivalry has the obligation to create a culture of supply for the needs of those it has reign among. (disclaimer – I am making this stuff up as I go – there may be no real historical basis for this comment, except how Christ lived as a Prince among us)
    thanks – good word!

  3. Yup, goes all the way back to our dear ancestors in the garden… if only I had this I would be happy… Christ bring such a different message that it is hard to wrap our brainwashed minds around: happy are those that mourn, are humble and meek… yikes! but then the inheritance is so much better than a stalled porsche! Thanks for this heart check today!

  4. yourothermotherhere

    “To keep up with Jesus or to keep up with the Joneses?”

    “The biggest problem with this reasoning is how Jesus, being much more a Prince than us, lived in poverty: The Son of Man has no place to lay His head (Matt. 8:20).”


  5. Very well said. We tend to equate God’s blessings with materialism. We are so blind that we forget that Christ lived in poverty. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Good post! I saw a show the other day about people that win the lottery and buy expensive cars, motor homes and huge homes etc. I thought that was so sad when people don’t even know where their next meal is coming from.

  7. There's a frog on my Sprocket!

    It is better to give than receive and our reward is in heaven.
    I love your post
    It’s all to easy to focuss on what we need and not what we have. Once our needs are met for some reason it’s easy to focuss on what we want. I’m working and striving to be content.
    With Gods grace I’m certain I can get there.
    Thank you for your post…

  8. A really great point. What is our motivation? Even when we’re thinking of “success,” is it for us, or for God? Great post.

  9. Since we have been taught the lesson of being servants from God Himself… how much more can we be than such as this. It is when we are empty God fills us… not with what we may want but what we need. I can live with this for this is where I find the most satisfaction… in the fulness of God. A great posting here.
    1 Timothy 6:6 KJV
    But godliness with contentment is great gain.

  10. This should be trumpeted in every church in america, at least!

  11. Hello! I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger award http://18yearsyoung.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/chapter-212-im-a-sweetie-so-are-you/ πŸ˜€ xxoo

  12. Society and the media skews our perception of success and/or what’s truly important. Check out this quote I posted on my FB page recently: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=520929111299325&set=a.486012661457637.113474.436010629791174&type=1&theater

  13. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Details are in my latest post. πŸ™‚

  14. It is a hard lesson for us to learn. It really comes down to this: can we trust him . . . do we trust him? I very much appreciate the post. Many thanks!

  15. Oh my, what a great reminder.

  16. Congratulations, my very first car was a Ford Escort and it was a wonderful little car. It is a myth that Yahshua lived in poverty. Yes, He chose not to have a house. But He had a seamless coat when He died, which was a very expensive item in those days. That’s why the soldiers played dice for it. Whether others supported Him or He had means from His former carpentry business, He was well provided for. Whenever I start moaning about how little money I have, I always remember I am the daughter of a King and I stop worrying about it. The secret is to be disciplined. Maybe live on the street for a while! You’d be surprised how little we actually do need.

  17. The pictures in your post remind me of things I write about, and feel in my heart. Some years ago and I can’t find right at the moment is organic farming going to places like in the picture on the left helping them farm rather then just supplying food to eat. But what happens when they become commercialized is like the picture on the right. It starts in our heart with Christ by our side. I am sorry I don’t see that you envyed the porsche, however I believe Jesus would have stopped to help the porsche. You spoke the truth you did not envy the porsche at least in my sight.

  18. Pictures like those of the starving little ones give my heart such a wrench! I do what I can, but knowing there are so many out there who suffer while I have more than I need–well, thanks for the reminder.

  19. True, this envy & this unnecessary want is so difficult to get away from! thanks to the wicked media, every day i realize that i need to try better to be on guard against it πŸ™‚

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