Romans 12:2 NIV
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.
We are conforming. Little by little, our Christian thinking becomes less and we look for a new way to incorporate faith with modern- age ideologies. Never mind that God gave Paul insight and inspired him to warn us to use discernment.
Falling away from care, we think less and less about prayer for Christian martyrs among us, the persecuted ones afar, helpless infants in the womb, and the those who risk all for the will of the Lord. Seeking self, we give less money to help share truth, spend less time understanding the real state of Christianity at home and abroad, and fly the banner of liberty instead of learning to live in truth. When we will learn?
Colossians 2:8 NIV
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
But this is us! This is America! This is the West as a whole and instead of gaining ground, we are failing. The persecuted and underground churches seem to grab these truths more so than those who have access to hundreds of translations, commentaries, and open church doors.
We can blame society, culture, ease of life and the sorts all day long, when instead we need to take personal accountability in our lackadaisical way about our faith.
It’s time to readjust our world view. Take a look at the words of Peter as he lays it out for the Christian.
1 Peter 4:12-19 NIV
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
As much as we need to live in our modern culture, we certainly don’t have to be dictated by it. We can live as free people without the bondage to feelings and popularity. It’s time to move past our comfort zones and safety bubbles and step into the life that God has waiting for us. He has work for us to do, and there is no better time than now to accomplish those works because of faith.It's time to move past our comfort zones and safety bubbles and step into the life that God has waiting for you. Click To Tweet