So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2 MSG
When I was about 8 or 9 years old, I made friends with a little girl who lived close by. She was fun to be around, very adventuresome, but she had a horrible habit of lying. Before long, I found myself lying about everything as well, even when the truth was a better answer, and I remember my dad asking me, “Who have you been hanging around?” When I told him her name, he said I was to stay away from her and not play with her anymore.
As I read these verses this morning, I realized how easy it is to allow our culture to influence the way we talk and even think. I have few very close friends, but the ones I have love the things I love. They are passionate about God, His plans and purposes. They love Him more than life and seek hard after Him. They spend their times thinking on the Word and allowing it to work in them, working things out of them that hold them back from more of God.
For years I’ve heard the term; she’s so heavenly minded, she’s no earthly good. Something about that bothered me but I could never put my finger on it. Well this morning it became very clear to me that I must be so heavenly minded that those around me desire what is in me. That they chase after the God that is in me. This world isn’t my home, heaven is! I don’t want anything that is in this world to try to hold here. I am here to demonstrate the Kingdom of God that is in me.
I am tired of watching people get sucked into life styles and relationships that entice them more than God. I’m weary of listening to Christians talk like the world. It’s not ok when the words that come out of their mouth damn everything and everyone. Satan is slick! The temptation is real! The race is on to see how many people he can sway his way. Like Eve, his questions bring doubt and unbelief until we become so much like the world we can no longer see the line.
Cold or hot, which are you? If the lines have blurred, it’s time to get your eyes checked. God is looking for those who will lay down their own personal pleasure for the sake of His Kingdom. Is that you? Has the culture around you gobbled you up so that you no longer want the things of God? It’s time to choose! He is looking for laid down lovers and I hope that is you.
Father, for the sake of the world, light a fire in me that can’t be put out by the culture that surrounds me. May I burn with passion for You, Your purpose and Your Kingdom. I’m nothing on my own, but Christ in me is my hope of glory. Forgive me for worldly attachments, for putting things above people. You are my Father, my Provider, my Healer and nothing compares to the love and plans You have for me. It’s in Jesus’ name I continue to say, Amen!