The world has a way of vying for our attention, doesn’t it? Drawing us in, it entices us with it’s harmless fun and entertainment. The recent trends of a popular erotic romance novel & a new flick based on male strippers have women nationwide on overdrive. Unknowingly, we start to we sacrifice holiness for temporary pleasures and indulgences.
Nichole Nordeman’s song “Mercies New” describes it well:
“Is it fair to say I was lured away?
By endless distractions and lovelier attractions then
Or fairer still, my own free will…”
Free will. That can be a dangerous thing can’t it? We are given this gift from God, in hope that we will use it to pursue things that are pleasing to Him, that give Him glory. But have we abused the free will He has given us? Have we taken for granted the gift of the Holy Spirit?
The analogy I’m reminded of is my experience as a teenage driver. My parents so graciously let me have the keys to their car. What is the first thing that comes to mind? Joyride! Does that usually end up being “joyful”? No…usually I would end up getting pulled over for speeding, or getting into an accident.
Venturing out into worldly things opens up doors for the enemy to come in to your life. Though it may seem like harmless fun, we are leaving the door unlocked, maybe even cracked, for an intruder. We crowd our minds with meaningless things that won’t last instead of allowing God to take residence and rule our minds. When we become children of God, He desires to purify us, and make us new creations in Him…but we have to allow Him to do so if we want Him to truly be the Lord of our lives.
He has called us to be not of this world. (John 17:16)
He has called us to be holy, for He is holy. (1 Peter 1:14)
He knows we will never be perfect…but are we striving to be holy & blameless for when we meet Him face to face? Life is a vapor…we are here today & gone tomorrow. We must make the most of each day to prepare ourselves for His return. Let Him find you pure.
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.” John 8:31
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21