Bring on the Fumigators!
15Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
—1 john 2:15-17
How are the renovations coming along? We’ve been learning how critical it is to (1) cooperate with God and (2) concentrate on His blueprint.
Now we turn our attention to the third key to family remodeling: FUMIGATE.
Instead of little termites, we need to fumigate the awful things that we allow into our homes, our minds, and our kids’ minds. First John 2:15 says, “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.” That’s pretty clear—and pretty convicting.
Here’s the first thing to guard: things that we see. You could fill page after page with television programs, movies, and videos that we should not permit in our homes, while a Post-it note could contain the things that we actually should allow ourselves to view. In practice, though, it’s the opposite! There are very few things that we filter out, and the tragic fact is that our minds and hearts are constantly filled with garbage.
Here’s the second worldly influence: things that we hear. Another huge issue in our families is the music that our kids listen to. I am shocked at the naiveté of parents who equate the music of twenty years ago with the music of today. The pain, anguish, rage, and wickedness of the world has been transferred directly to the music of our day, yet parents permit their kids to listen to it night after night. I don’t understand why a dad can’t walk into a room and say, “That’s over. We don’t listen to that in this home. All those CDs—give them to me. And we are cleaning out the iTunes. We’re done with that in this house.”
Finally, the third worldly influence: public school education. Don’t mistake me. There’s nothing wrong with sending your kids to the public school, but it is very wrong not to evaluate what they’re learning and who their friends are.
The people with whom our families associate, what they listen to, and what they watch—all of these factors are part of what determines the kind of person each member of our family will become. We’re not going to give ourselves any opportunity to sin, because we know that we will. I say this with great urgency: fumigate! Rid your home and your life of every worldly pollutant. The character of Christ cannot be formed in a mind that is filled with garbage. —James MacDonald
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, this world is filled with so much that pollutes and corrupts our minds. Forgive us for allowing these things into our homes without much thought. Help me to have the courage to take a stand for what will and won’t be allowed in our home. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
· Does what I allow into my home and mind show that I love the world or I love God?
· What steps can I take today to begin the process of fumigating? What will I absolutely no longer allow?