Have you ever thought about how easy it is to live in this world? I’m talking from a Biblical viewpoint. Because Satan’s domain is the earth and we have free will, our human nature automatically wants to jump to the easy things, the selfish things, the busy things, and the “fun” things. Satan and his demons make the world look so enticing. They also make things other than God seem like a priority.
I’ve thought about this a lot lately, especially in light of the message Pastor Trey preached on Sunday. He was reading from 2 Peter 1:3-8, and he touched on the fact that godliness is our goal. He certainly wasn’t saying we are in some way little gods. But, per scripture, we are meant to live a godly life always pursuing righteousness. By consistently pursuing righteousness, we gain greater Christian/Biblical perspective that enhance our relationship with Him and keep us from being ineffective in our work for the Lord.
He tells us in Romans 12:2 not to be conformed to the world. We instead are to be transformed by the renewal of our mind (on Christ) so that we can know what the will of God is. When we live IN the world, we lose sight of what our goals are in Christ. We forget that faith is key. Goodness is key. Perseverance is key. Self-control is key. The list goes in.
And lest I fool myself into thinking this doesn’t apply to me because I read my bible every day and write a blog, I remind myself of the times I was too busy to honor Him in reading the Word. I remind myself of the times I could’ve volunteered at the local food pantry and instead chose to sleep in on Saturday morning. I remind myself of the times I read the Bible and then got on the phone with a friend and said mean things about a co-worker.
It applies to all of us. Our focus should always be on God. With that comes remembering that we are not to be in the world. When we remember that our pursuit should be on godliness, we can drown out our own sinful will and pursue one goal…our Heavenly Father.