The World . . . and You
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new person
by changing the way you think.
Romans 12:2 NLT
We live in the world, but we must not worship it. Our duty is to place God first and everything else second. But because we are fallible beings with imperfect faith, placing God in His rightful place is often difficult. In fact, at every turn, or so it seems, we are tempted to do otherwise.
The 21st-century world is a noisy, distracting place filled with countless opportunities to stray from God’s will. The world seems to cry, “Worship me with your time, your money, your energy, and your thoughts!” But God commands otherwise: He commands us to worship Him and Him alone; everything else must be secondary.
The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize, is to feel ourselves to be home on earth. - Max Lucado, 100 Days of Prayer
Because the world is deceptive, it is dangerous. The world can even deceive God’s own people and lead them into trouble. - Warren Wiersbe
Our fight is not against any physical enemy; it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual. We must struggle against sin all our lives, but we are assured we will win. - Corrie ten Boom
A fish would never be happy living on land, because it was made for water. An eagle could never feel satisfied if it wasn’t allowed to fly. You will never feel completely satisfied on earth, because you were made for more. - Rick Warren
Dear Lord, I am an imperfect human being living in an imperfect world. Direct my path far from the temptations and distractions of this world, and let me follow in the footsteps of Your Son today and forever. Amen