How many of you are excited about something that is coming out soon? Whether that be a new TV show, video game, movie, or anything else. I know I was excited to see the new Spiderman movie a few weeks back, and now I want to see the new Avengers movie. I bet some of you are excited to see it too. Isn’t it interesting that immediately after we are done watching the movie that we have been looking forward to for months, we instantly look forward to the next movie coming out?
I think it’s the same way with new phones, it seems like the second you get used to your new phone, there is a newer version of it out already. It seems that we are always looking for the next thing that will excite us. When something new comes out, then everyone gets all excited about it, and then they will rush to the stores to buy it. After a few months, something new will come out and then the same thing happens.
It kind of feels like this society is stuck in a never-ending loop. The focus has shifted to what can we buy next, or what can we do next. It seems as the more technology advances, then the more we get distracted.
If you can evaluate most of your conversations with your friends, coworkers, and with everyone else, what do you think you mostly talk about? I can tell you that almost every conversation that my friends want to have is all about Pokémon, disc golf, this movie, that game, and so on. The only time I hear them talking about anything else, is when they are complaining about politics. I don’t know about you, but this tells me a lot about what’s important to them.
I know some of you probably heard or read the quote, “What you permit, you promote”. I think this is an interesting quote, and it holds a lot of truth with it. However, I think it can be expanded to what you permit, you promote, and what you promote you prize. If you take a second to think about it, what would you say shows what you love the most?
I would say that what we speak about most, is what we value the most. If you reread your conversations that you have with others, even in texts, you can clearly see what is important to you. If you don’t like something, or are not interested in something, then normally you don’t talk about it. Another way to look at it is if you don’t like someone, you normally don’t talk to them. I bet if you evaluated your conversations for a week, you would be able to see clearly what I’m talking about.
Now you might be asking yourself, what does this have to do with anything?
I will try to explain myself.
Now if we can agree that what talk about most, is what we value the most. Then it clearly tells us what we’re living for. So, if you are mostly talking about entertainment that is coming out, then it would be safe to assume that is what you’re living for. If what you talk about most is politics, then that is what you are you living for. What you talk about the most, will tell you where your hearts at. If all you talk about is this girl you like, then that is what you value most at that moment.
I wonder if we can honestly examine ourselves, what would we learn about ourselves?
I think a lot of us would be disappointed with ourselves. I know after thinking about my conversations, I could tell my heart was not in the right place. I mean if all you think about is video games, and TV, then that’s kind of depressing.
I wonder how many of you are familiar with the term lukewarm? If your drinking coffee, it would mean that its at room temperature. How many of you like room temperature coffee? Probably none of you.
When you’re in a relationship with someone, do you want them to be head over heels only for you? If you’re like most people, then yes!
If they are not totally committed to you, does that relationship usually work out?
If you ask yourselves these questions, you probably came up with the same answer that I did, yes I want someone who wants only me, and no I don’t want someone who isn’t committed to me.
So, what does this still have to do with anything?
If you know anything about Christianity, you will be told that you need to have a relationship with Christ to get saved. What kind of relationship though? If you read, you will learn that the church is also referenced as the bride of Christ.
So, if that’s the case, then it is basically looked as a marriage. What determines a healthy marriage? Well from my own marriage, I learned that commitment, communication, sacrifice, love, and so on all are keys factors in a marriage relationship. So, if we apply this to our relationship to Christ, then we need to examine ourselves and see if we are living up to our vows.
If we go back to what we were talking about earlier, we learned that what we talk about the most, shows what we care about the most. So, when you’re married, you usually talk mostly about your spouse and what they’re doing and how everything is. Well if we are married to Christ, shouldn’t it be the same way? Since He is God and is the one who gives us salvation, wouldn’t we talk Him up more than we do our own husbands and wives on earth?
If all we talk about is what’s going on in this world, then doesn’t that tell you that your living for this world? I wonder what Christ says about this?
Mathew 6:24 says, No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
John 12:25 says, Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
1 John 2:15-18 says, Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
If we see from these verses, He is telling us not to live in the world. What He is saying is that we should be living for Christ. That is our home, not this earth, this earth will pass away, but Jesus will never pass away. I think we need to get back on the right path. If we keep looking only at this world, then that is all we will see. If we are only that relationship with Christ on the weekends, what kind of relationship is that? We need to realize that our relationship with Christ is a marriage, and as a spouse to Christ, He expects us to act like a spouse would.
If you just read this and you realized you have been focusing on the world more than Christ, it is okay, there is still time to make that commitment again. The cool thing about Jesus, is that His arms are always open for us to run back to. It is not like our human relationships, that if we cheat on our spouses, then they will forget about us forever and never forgive us. God will forgive, but you must ask for it, and you must run back into His open arms.
So, I ask you, are you ready to run back into His arms?