How willing are we to give up material things — even things we feel are necessary, not merely ornamental — in order to give a good witness to others, to support the Lord’s work, to demonstrate to Him that we desire to please Him in all things?  For effective witnessing, can we afford the appearance of self-indulgence?  I think of the Scripture that tells us to abstain from even the appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22) and this is meant so as not to weaken our witness to others.
–The Berean Call

“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”  
-Philippians 3:8

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