Maybe you’ve heard it said that Christians are in this world but not OF it. Many believers have NOTW stickers on their cars or wear it proudly on t-shirts, but do we really know what it means to be living in this world and not become a product of it?
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“But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away.”
Paul reminded the corinthians that time was short and to live as though Christ’s return would be that very day. We too ought to live as though we are in the last of days because, Christian....WE ARE!
But whether we live in the last days or in the binning of times, as followers of Christ we ought to live our lives as unto God. That means, not becoming distracted by the things the rest of the world deems important. Oh how easy it is to be completely immersed in one’s schedule, in the day to day requirements that this world stacks upon us like heavy loads we feel obligated to carry.
If we sift through those loads we may find that so much of what we think we HAVE to do is really unnecessary. I know, that sifting process is really hard to do. *sigh* take it from someone who learned the hard way, if you don’t start sifting yourself, you might find the Lord sifting it all for you and that could mean watching your life change so completely that it all seems to be spiraling out of control. The truth is, I couldn’t even see what things in my life needed removing until they were already gone.
I took a life altering, and honestly terrifying experience to change my priorities and perspectives. Here, in 1 Corinthians 7, we are warned (given a heads up) to make those changes before they happen without our consent and the repercussions of neglecting that obligation could be more challenging than we ever imagined.
I encourage you today to take some time, MAKE some time to sit back and see what the world is pressing upon your life that, in a walk with your Savior, is truly unnecessary. Perhaps it’s a bad habit or a unhealthy relationship, even a hobby that takes your mind and eyes off of Christ. Whatever it is, my friend, remove it before it is sifted away and you lose something or everything else along with it. The tighter we hold on to the things of this world, the more hurts when they are ripped away. Some lessons are harder to learn than others, they make take months or years. I pray you will sit back and let the Holy Spirit guide you away from the distractions and let Jesus be the center of your life.
Just to be clear, Im not saying that christians cannot have earthly hobbies, or unbelieving friends. What I mean is, Have a Godly perspective of those things and know the difference between enjoying something of this world and letting it become an idol.
Have a blessed day little sparrows,