Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Adulterers and Enemies of God

“Most of us would rather fit in, than stand out. Christ is expecting us to stand out so that people can see the difference.” ~ Dave Stone, I’d Rather See A Sermon

One of the difficult responsibilities that we face as Christians is living in the world without being part of the world. It is difficult because, for what ever reason, the world is so attractive to us. We long to be like our friends and have the stuff that we see advertised on TV. We don’t want to be different. We want to be the same as everyone else, and do it with the blessings of God.

We get so caught up trying to fit into this world because the things of this world seem so real to us. This world is so real because it is right here for us to see, touch and feel. This world is right at our fingertips. The same cannot be said about God’s blessings.

 Though they are abundant and constant, so often they seem to be off in the distant future in a different place. It is hard to follow the wisdom of God when it seems to go against the wisdom of this world. Too often God seems to make no sense to us when compared to the advice we get from our friends.

No matter what we desire God wants us to live differently from the world. We may not see the compromise in watching certain movies, with the jokes that we tell, or even the clothes that we wear, but God does. This is what God thinks when we try to live like the world:

{4} You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with this world makes you and enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can’t be a friend of God.
{5} What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, jealously longs for us to be faithful?
{6} He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.”
(James 4: 4-6; NLT)

We cannot desire the things of this world and the things of God at the same time. God is very exclusive when it comes to our relationship with Him. God wants us 24/7. He will not tolerate us giving Him Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. God wants it all, and more than that God deserves it all.

Take a look at the words the James used when he talked about people who wanted both God and the world. James calls such people adulterers and enemies of God. Those are not good things to be, but that is what we allow ourselves to become when we desire to be like this world in our speech, actions, dreams, appearance, and purpose. God wants us to be different. Are you going to be exclusive in your relationship with God?

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