Paul, while sitting in a prison in Rome, penned these words to the church he helped to establish in Philippi: Philippians 1:10.
That is a powerful statement, which unfortunately many of us have a very blurry view of, at best. In the Truth Project (in Sunday School), we have spent weeks discerning between how society sees our world and how a true Christian sees our world. And one of the biggest problems in Christianity, is that we have intermixed our worldview with that of the secular world in so many areas, often, unaware of just how biased and tainted towards the world, our views have actually become. For example, according to nothing but the media and entertainment around us right now—advertisement strategies, tv sitcoms, cinema—what seems to be of utmost importance today?
1) Sex: self-focused, indulgent, uninhibited sexual pleasure. 2) Physical body image for women and men—and looks overall. 3) Social image and status: what you have, who you hang with, how good you are in your field; how smart and successful you are (car you drive, clothes you wear). 4) independence and self-sufficiency—"I don't need you, I can take care of myself.” Based upon the way you live, the way you act, the way you spend money, and the things that excite and upset you, do any of these things seem to be overly important to you?
When someone knows they are about to leave this world—knows their time, influence, and purpose will soon end—what seems to be of utmost importance then? Will they be as excited about all the affairs they've had? Will they be worried about how good their body looks? Will they wish they had more chances to watch porn? Will it matter how many fights they've won with their spouse or others, or how superior they could make themselves look? Will they want to show how independent they are, and how they don't need anyone else then? Will the number of ballgames or golf rounds won, be so major? Will they care what kind of car sits in the driveway, or what designer clothes hang in the closet?
There are only a few things that will ever matter at the end of our days here—only a few things that are truly eternal—and those things are what our choices, lifestyles, and focuses should be based upon every day. They should not be side notes or add-ons when we have time or money left; they should not be things we half-heartedly do for peace of mind from the guilt. Those things are what we should be living for as our primary goals—what we should be seeing as treasured and important with every decision in our lives. Those things are where we should be drawing our self-purpose, joy, and contentment.
Let's take a real, practical, thought-provoking look at some of those things that God, and our own souls within us, truly say are of utmost importance in life that we often disregard or miss. What does God say, are the only things which are eternal? Psalm 90:1-2: God Himself. Psalm 119:89; Matthew 24:35: God's Word.1 Corinthians 15:54: the souls of men. Based upon these things—God says are the only things important enough to be for, “all eternity”—ask yourself if you have the world's priorities in mind, or His—with the mindset in which you live life.
you decide what’s important! for His Kingdom’s sake!
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