Yesterday we received a leaflet from an estate agent. On the front it said ‘What price would tempt you to sell?’
On the back it explained that ‘with the average house price at a record high you might be surprised how much your property is worth’. If you are interested it quotes the house price index, may 2015, office for national statistics (14th July 2015) as its source for these claims.
I looked at the leaflet and decided that I wasn’t tempted to sell (this will be a great relief to the Church which I work for because they own the house I live in!)
What struck me as odd about the way the leaflet was worded was the use of the word temptation. If I owned this house, would I really be tempted to sell just because it might be worth a few hundred thousand? We would all want that amount of money but we would also all want somewhere to live. You see, the temptation sell your house to get lots of cash shouldn’t be worth considering unless you no longer need anywhere to live or you want to downsize and buy a cheaper property. It shouldn’t be worth considering, but perhaps for some people it is.
The leaflet shows the nature of how temptation works. Temptation promises a wonderful experience but often the reality is that the thrill in the moment doesn’t last and sometimes there are negative consequences that follow.
Temptation involves being drawn to things that we know are wrong or that are not good for us or the people around us. Temptation can also be a desire to act in a wrong way, perhaps by mistreating others, to gain something.
We need to be aware of the reality of temptation.
12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure (1 Corinthians 10).
God wants to show us a way out when we are tempted but will we look to him? Will we follow God’s manual for life and put into practice and live by what we read in the Bible? Do we really believe that that fullness of life is found in Jesus or do we want enjoyment in a moment no matter what the consequences?
What price would tempt you to sell out your beliefs?