The Lord extends His hand to save us from the sinful patterns of this world. He offers freedom in this life as well as in the next.
“No,” we say, “I do not want to be saved from sin. I merely want to be saved from Hell. I will taste of the pleasures of life while I am here. I am smart enough to decide what is beneficial for me.”
As we swat away His loving hand and turn to walk the path of the world, let us not be surprised as we share in the same failures of the godless.
The Lord would impart wisdom to us, but we do not want it.
We have erected spiritual walls around our ears that dull the voice of God to a hush. Our leaders will not name these walls but will continue in their talk of the God’s love and forgiveness. (There is more to the picture.)
There are many spiritual walls that we can erect around ourselves that will deafen our ears to the voice of God. Many of these walls stem directly from worldliness–things we do because they are commonplace or acceptable in our culture while giving no thought to what God thinks.
Note these verses about the world:
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 lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
Here is what God would rather have us think on:
while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
We are strangers in a foreign land–this world is not our home! In many ways, Christians have mimicked the culture, and it is always to our detriment.
We must be wary of the culture–yes, even “Christian culture.”
Test all things; hold fast what is good.
In regards to issues of correct conduct, fight the temptation to ask “Why not?” or “Is this really that bad?”
This God-ignoring logic has justified alcohol-drinking, terrestrial music, gambling, sexual immorality, tattoos, etc. (Let “everyone else is doing it” NEVER be our commanding internal reasoning.)
Rather–ask “Why?” Better yet–simply ask God. He answers. Do you hear?