A Call To Make Use Of Our Fading Opportunities
What is special about day we were born? Isn’t that the day we can begin to learn about God? It is then we can also refuse to learn, and with the passing of each day we have one less opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Our Two Natures
What is the most important thing we must learn about God? Don’t we need to learn humility, our need for God?
How does God teach us humility? The Apostle Paul learned humility when he realized his enslavement to sin.
Romans 7:14-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Conflict of Two Natures
14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
When the Apostle Paul, once supposing himself the consummate Pharisee, came to realize he could not on his own obey the Law, he turned to Jesus Christ. To be freed from sin, each of us must make the same choice, but we fantasize. We say to ourselves: “I am a good person.” How do we arrive at this conclusion? Applying our own standards and using our own judgment, we compare ourselves to others. Of course, we think ourselves better, but that is a meaningless conclusion, an absurd trap. God sets the standard, and He calls us to perfection. To achieve perfection, we must turn to Jesus Christ.
What The Insane Worship
In AN ABUSE OF THE IMAGINATION, we considered what the world worships. Here we ask a question. Why is it insane to worship what the world worships?
- The god of sex: We fill the airwaves, our literature, and our conversations with thoughts of sex. And what is this sex? Is it the conquest of an attractive body? Is it a brief sensation that comes and then goes? Or is the sex act supposed to draw us a little closer to another human being and help us to produce another? What does the world say?
- Use another person for your pleasure.
- Play the field.
- View other human beings as objects.
- Rate sex objects by their ability to arouse. Otherwise, don’t care.
Nevertheless, we expect others to care about us. If the world is right, how is that supposed to work?
- The god of stuff: We dream of winning the lottery or of being as rich as one of those fabulous billionaires. We imagine having all the stuff we need, but what is enough stuff? Here is what a comedian once observed.
While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery. ― Groucho Marx
When we value money for its own sake, how do we buy anything of value with our money? If we value money for its own sake, what could worth more to us than the money we already have in our hands?
- The god of state: Why are we drawn to the idea of a powerful government? Don’t powerful people sell us on the idea? Don’t our leaders make promises to feed us, cloth us, house us, entertain us,…..promise us paradise on earth, but what good are their promises? When we choose our leaders, don’t we choose self-indulgent sinners like ourselves?
Wealth Without Work
Pleasure Without Conscience
Knowledge Without Character
Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics)
Science Without Humanity
Religion Without Sacrifice
Politics Without Principle
― Mahatma Gandhi
When we are self-indulgent, don’t we choose self-indulgent leaders, people like us? How can such leaders acquire wisdom? Have they ever striven for wisdom, or don’t they rely upon their conceits? Can the self-indulgent ever lead the self-indulgent anywhere except into chaos? Isn’t increasing chaos what we are seeing today?
- The god of self: When we say “I am a good person,” are we not saying we are important? To believe we are important, don’t we have to be blind? Does our world revolve around us?
The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields. It has a diameter of about 1,392,684 km (865,374 mi), around 109 times that of Earth, and its mass (1.989×1030 kilograms, approximately 330,000 times the mass of Earth) accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System. (continued here)
Do we have any significance on our own? How many stars has God created? Does anyone know, but doesn’t that little one near us light and warm our tiny planet? And when our little world grows cold or hot, why would we choose to believe we have more to do with it than the Sun?
Our Need For A Savior
Even after Jesus appointed him to preach His Word, Paul struggled with sin. Slowly, Paul began to understand his need, and, fortunately, Jesus does not expect us to suddenly become perfect.
1 John 2:1-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
Christ Our Advocate
2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin,we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
If we have any importance, that importance comes from God. He loves us.
If we want freedom from sin, we must stop lying to ourselves. We must accept the love of our Creator. We must seek Jesus Christ. We must keep His Word, and we must walk in the same way in which He walked.