Challenge

There has been something on my mind lately. I recently came to realize a very HARD lesson. You are either faithful. Or you are not. There is NO in between. What does that me for me? How am I supposed to live my life?

I’m twenty-one. A young-un. In fact, studies show I’m in my prime of life-cognitively, behaviorally (meaning lots of opportunities), physically. Literally everything.

I wonder if that’s why Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes: “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”…Before life gets really busy, I should devote my life to the Creator. I have more opportunities to go into the world to spread the gospel, I have more energy, I have an opportunity to be in school to educate myself.

But what is devotion? Just coming to church on Sundays? Church and bible studies? Or what about…church, bible studies and hang out with christians?

Devotion is way of thinking. We change our lives, dramatically in many cases. Think about these verses:

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Woah. I need to do ALL of that! What does that really mean though? Just kinda be careful around preachers and other Christians? NO! Those verses are not just meant for the older folks, its meant for me. A twenty-one year old.

I think of the kids’ song: Be careful little eyes what you see, Be careful little ears what you hear, Be careful little mouths what you see…For the father up above looks down with tender love, so be careful!

-What do I watch on TV? Is it full of sexual jokes and connotations?

-What about my music?

-Books?

-Here is a hard one: Who are my friends? Do we talk about Jesus? Or do we gossip and make inappropriate jokes? Am I spreading the gospel to them? Or am I ashamed of the RADICAL message it really brings?

-How do I spend my time? On facebook/twitter/instagram/video-games? Or am I spending time delving into God’s word to know him better? Spreading the gospel? Doing good deeds?

What if I don’t live a radical life for Jesus? If I still go to church and pray, and some of my friends are christians? But I don’t love my enemies, I don’t bless those who persecute me? What will happen?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one whodoes the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (luke 7:21-23)

Lord, help us to do your will!

-Rachel