Life is changing all around us. With technology providing an opportunity for every person on the planet to speak and listen, we are surrounded by so many opinions about everything, it's becoming more difficult to discern what is right and wrong. Not only is this massive amount of information chaotic and much of the time unnecessary, but it has reached a point where many people no longer think for themselves. It's concerning when individuals become so addicted to the lives of others that they ignore the responsibility to develop a meaningful life of their own.
Some might believe there is no harm in using communication as a constant entertainment, but Christians have been warned to not be consumed with the spirit of the world, as evil imaginations will attempt to distract and build strongholds of dark attitudes. Ever since the human race could speak and write thoughts, motives and intentions have been to teach and explain.
While a portion of instruction can be beneficial, there is also the danger of receiving contaminated information that comes from the desire to control and deceive. This is the snare trap of our day. Romans 12:2 says, "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
There is right and wrong, just like there is truth and error. God is always right, while we mortals struggle in the quicksand of deception as the result of a lack of spiritual wisdom and understanding. Life contains a specific purpose for each person, and it can be discovered, but our earthly journey also gives us the freedom to do whatever we want. Unfortunately, this is what we usually choose. Every minute we are either doing God's will or our will, and they do not agree. I believe we can say with confidence that if a human ever accomplished anything worthwhile, they were being guided under the inspiration and direction of God.
In the third chapter of Philippians, we find an analogy that is used to describe how dedicating our lives to Christ is like participating in a marathon: "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus." We also see this idea of running in 2 Timothy chapter 4, "I have run my race; I have finished my course," and the 12th chapter of Hebrews speaks of "laying aside every weight of sin as we run with patience the race that is set before us."
This does not sound like the traditional idea of salvation where a person raises their hand, repeats a prayer, and that's it. Rather, the concept of running denotes constant participation and relentless determination to accomplish whatever God is telling us to do.
We have the potential to know the meaning of life and our unique destiny, but generally speaking, we would rather not be bothered with such things. We desire to live to the fullest, have amazing experiences and enjoy everything we can while we have the chance. However, when confronted about the consequences of making wrong decisions, we become hostile and dig in our heels.
Those who rebel against God become like fugitives that are always on the run. They become very uncomfortable when confronted with anything that reminds them they are going the wrong way. The beautiful thing about God's amazing grace is that he does not stop intervening and convicting the conscience of those who are his children.
In one of the parables in Luke chapter 15, Christ talks about a man who has 100 sheep. A good shepherd (which represents God) watches over every sheep and never takes his eyes from them. Verse 4 declares that if the shepherd loses a sheep, he will leave the 99 and go search for the one until he finds it. When the sheep is found he places it on his shoulders and carries it home, where he calls his friends and neighbors, saying rejoice with me for I have found the one that was lost.
Jesus goes on to make the point that there is joy in heaven when a sinner repents and God brings them back to his presence. The Great Shepherd is watching over us today, but there is a strong temptation by the world to lead us astray. Are you lost? Can you hear him calling for you?
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