This subject has been on my heart lately, so I want to share some of my thoughts with you. It’s not easy being a Christian in the world today. There are so many cool things going on, intriguing things to do, nice things to collect and great times to be had. The world offers so much, more than we can even handle. Now, I am not saying it is necessarily bad to have nice things, follow your sports team and things like that, but we can never make those the priorities of our lives. So many times I catch myself caring so much about things that do not matter, missing the big picture. None of the “things” we have. teams we follow or latest fads really matter in the end. We can’t live our lives each day as if God is an afterthought.
As believers, God is primary, not secondary. We are commanded and called to put him first and live out his word through our actions, read the scriptures and pray on a regular basis and seeking His will always. We can’t have one foot in the door and one foot out. The world promises satisfaction if we buy this, do “that”, sign up for “this” or go “there”. But, when we begin to understand that an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ trumps everything the world has to offer, we are set directly in the core of 100% satisfaction.
Here are a few key verses to meditate on:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. -1 John 2: 15-17
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:2
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. -1 John 2:15
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. -Matthew 6:24