Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from the world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
~ I John 2:15-17
It often amazes me the hold “pop culture” has on believers. Recently, I’ve noticed that during the Pastor’s sermon when he references a popular actor or actress in making a point, the reaction and connection of the congregation is very engaging. They can totally understand the Pastor’s point. He has broken it down into terms they identify with.
Now, there is nothing wrong with being familiar with the latest movies or t.v. series necessarily (unless they are in opposition with the Word of God, that is). But, the issue is what captivates our attention? What holds our hearts? Are we devoting equal or greater time to studying God’s Word, the message of Good News, so we may be strengthened in our faith? Are we who we say we are on Sunday… on Monday through Saturday? This world is looking for authenticity. Will they find it in us? If not in us, who then?
I am a stubborn person. Yes, it’s true. So, I naturally dig my heels in when it comes to conforming to this world’s standards! I refuse to be a cookie-cutter human doing. I refuse to fall into the rut of looking like Barbie, wearing the latest color clothing someone has deemed to be the latest and greatest, behaving in a way to be accepted by society, listening to the most popular tunes and lyrics that are not edifying at all and, my personal favorite, looking out for #1 solely! I refuse. You know why I refuse? Because I choose to base my life on the Word of God. And the Word of God says that I am to be a “peculiar people”, “a royal priesthood”, a “holy people”, a “chosen generation” who are called out from among the world.
It says, “Do not be conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2
We need to often remind ourselves that we are merely pilgrims passing through! This world is not our home as Christians. We have the hope of heaven in our hearts if we’ve accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. That is an exciting thought, my friend!
This world, with all of its problems,
is fading. The Bible says that heaven and earth will pass away, but it’s His Word that will remain.
What are you investing in today?
Remember … This world is not our home!