Sunday, July 17, 2011
Not of This World
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The world is rife with temptations everywhere we turn. Commercials bombard us from our televisions, radios, newspapers, magazines, and internet, enticing us to purchase everything from the latest model mini-van to the slinky new fashions, from extravagant vacations to that wrinkle cream guaranteed to take twenty years off our faces. They beguile us into believing that, without these products or services, we are incomplete persons who will not experience fulfillment until we've made these all-important purchases. Sadly, there are many who fall for and into this trap, madly and relentlessly chasing anything material they hope will make others view them as popular, successful, suave, and in-the-know.
If that in itself is not reason for concern, there are deeper, more insidious implications for those mesmerized by the world's patterns. Those who cannot afford such luxuries or as many as they see enjoyed by their neighbors develop what I call the "not enough" syndrome: I'm not rich enough, not smart enough, not thin enough, not young enough, not good enough, not, not, not, not, not! Their self-worth crumbles before their eyes as they wallow in self-pity and envy of others.
The only "not" that Christians should be concerned for is the "not" in "not of this world". Jesus told us to place our treasures in things eternal, not temporal. When we are tried and tempted by earthly cravings, we need to stop, drop, and pray to know God's will for us. We need to temper our minds and hearts with daily Bible study and gain strength and wisdom from the scripture. We must remember that, as God's children, we will always be precious and worthy in His sight. And, if that's "not enough", I don't know what is!
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