Who are we really? Most of us struggle with the definition of ourselves all our earthly lives. At the root most of mankind has failed to understand what men were made to be. Somehow we think we have an ability to define ourselves by what we are not realizing it is not this but what is in us that truly defines us. We are by nature vessels made to carry spirit and serve what we carry. Men are worshippers at heart. We worship whatever has our heart. That is why idolatry is such a big deal in Scripture. We are defined by what we worship. We become like what we worship.
The enemy of our souls has spent eons making his world order look appealing. He has created a spider web of enticements that will consume our insides making us by nature like what he would have us worship: weak, whining, entitled, malicious, deceitful leeches that suck the real joy out of every room we walk into.
John said: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world- the cravings of the sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does- comes not from the Father but from the world.” I John 1:15,16
Christians have failed to utilize the great power that is at their disposal largely because they have believed the lie that the world we live in and its treasures are more precious and valuable than the presence and kingdom of Heaven.
C.S. Lewis said,
Like Tolkien’s Gollum we are willing to trade real life for a split life of madness so that we may have baubles of this world that have insinuated themselves into our souls. The devil works hard to make us believe that beauty, fame, power, fortune, and pleasure will bring us happiness.
Many have forsaken the service of God for the pursuit of career and fortune.
“We will serve God once we are rich!” They say.
“When I am financially secure, then I won’t have to work. I will be able to do all the missions work I desire.”
The problem of course is that missions work is not about our desire or calling it is about His and we must answer the call when it is laid out not at our discretion.
So many have opted out of ministry in order to pursue fame in the world’s eyes. Many live their lives for pleasure.
Yet the Bible says:
” Charm is deceptive and beauty does not last…” Proverbs 31:30
“Riches won’t help you on the day of judgement, but right living is a safeguard against death.” Proverbs 11:4
“Those who love pleasure become poor; wine and luxury are no way to riches.” Prov. 21:7
Paul warned that in these last days many would give up their God-given power in pursuit of the world.
“For many walk of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” Phil 3:18,19
So many Christians have bought into the lie that earthly things are worth minding. But it is a trap brothers and sisters! The world is not wonderful. The things of the world are not worth forsaking prayer or study of the Word or worshipping God for. Do not forsake church for the pursuit of riches. Do not forsake prayer for frivolity!
In the end beauty has saved no one. Money has never rescued a marriage, and even the most famous men without the saving grace of Jesus Christ will stand before God one day and hear him say “I never knew you.”
But those who pursue God will say with the Psalmist “In His presence is fullness of joy. At His right hand are pleasures evermore.” Psalm 16:11
They will hear God say, “You are my precious!”