22. Do not become friends with the world

Last week we went to a restaurant for lunch. I had a coffee shake to drink and I enjoyed it immensely. But when we got home, we all went to bed for a nice Sunday afternoon nap. Now I don't get a lot of those with my two small boys, so this nap was very special to me. I snuggled in and was ready for my wonderful rest, when something happened. I couldn't sleep. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't fall asleep. I was so frustrated, as I rarely get the chance to have a nap and now when I do, I couldn't use it. I instinctively knew it was the caffeine of the coffee shake keeping me awake. I couldn't believe it! At one stage I could drink 3 cups of filter coffee 10 o'clock at night and still have a good night's rest. But then I realized, my body is not used to it any more. I don't drink coffee any more. So any drop of caffeine will have a negative effect on me. It is probably like any substance. If you smoke your first cigarette it will give you a rush. When you smoke your tenth one, the rush will be a little bit less. If you smoke your hundredth, you will need a bit more and so your body gets used to it. The same with drinking, the more you drink alcohol, the more you need to be on the same station you were when you had your first drink. It escalates every time.

And so it is the same with getting used to the things of the world. If you watch a movie when you are in primary school and they swear in the movie you will be shocked. When you enter high school, it will take more than swearing to shock you, and when you go to college or varsity even more vulgarity is needed to shock you. We get used to the things of this world.

When I started at my first job, the people there drank a lot. They partied at all the work functions and always on Friday nights after work. It was a standard. Their whole personalities changed and they became vulgar and did things they normally wouldn't. It shocked me. I hated going to the events, but I had to. And you know what, as time moved on it affected me less and less. I started to get used to it and after three years at the firm, it was the norm for me. It was how things were done.  The Lord helped me not to get involved with them and join them, but I didn't see anything wrong with what they did after a while. It was only one day in my quiet time with the Lord that He spoke to me and reminded me that that was not the norm. That what they were doing was not okay. It actually shocked me how quickly I became accustomed to it and how quickly I accepted it.

We are part of the world, we cannot escape it. You will probably be shocked on a daily basis as you watch the news. But remember that we are not of the world. We cannot become accustomed to it and we cannot sit back and accept it. This is not what the Lord planned for His People. We are to be different, and through being different, we need to attract people to the Lord. We can still enjoy ourselves and we can still have fun, but we need to remember that we are Jesus' body here on earth and we need to make a difference.

Lord, this world is a mess. We know You never intended it to end up this way, but our sinful nature took control and ruined everything. Help us now to take a stand for You and not become complacent, but to be the people You created us to be. In Jesus Name. Amen

1 comment for “22. Do not become friends with the world”

  1. Gravatar of LouinaLouina
    Posted Monday, October 24, 2011 at 8:58:23 AM

    I learned that when you don't accept the world and accept that you are different from the world, the Lord covers you with Jesus. Almost like a gladwrap cover around you, which means that you don't need to fear the reactions on your right choices, the cover protects you from any harm. Thanks Ilze

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