July 3, 2008 – The Results of Yielding to Culture – 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 

            Believers fit into one of two general categories. First, there are committed followers of Jesus Christ. These believers are focused on pleasing God and growing in their faith. The other type of Christian isn’t concerned with spiritual matters. Instead, they remain focused on worldly things. Such people are heavily influenced by their culture and often compromise their convictions. 

            When a believer loosens his grip on God’s Word, he begins the decline into his earthly desires. Perhaps he disobeys a command or refuses to believe a certain truth. Or he may simply stop reading Scripture. Sooner or later, something in the culture grabs his attention. This fixation slowly influences him and consumes his time and resources. His “new love” gradually wins his affection away from the Lord. 

            After a while, other aspects of culture that once appeared undesirable begin to look appealing. The believer may dabble in such things at first and eventually indulge with abandon. Eventually, his witness is ruined because neither his conduct nor his character are consistent with a follower of Jesus. The culture’s influence has rendered him useless for the kingdom of God. 

            Have you yielded to the world’s mindset? You don’t need to waste your life in pursuit of things that can’t bring lasting peace. Repent and return to the God who saved you. Peace and fulfillment are the reward of those whose sole focus is to please the Lord.

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