The moment we agree with the world’s standards is also the moment we begin to lose our grip on Biblical standards. The world is full of do’s and don’ts. Don’t do this. You’re not allowed to do that. This is acceptable. That is not. Sometimes we feel the pressure of listening to the world instead of actually listening to what the Bible is saying about something because we want to feel “accepted” by the society. The truth is, the moment you start to living a life worthy of the gospel, you will not be accepted by the society. You will be persecuted. A lot. More than what you think you can bear. But this is such a special moment because it is also the time where you will experience the love of God like no other. You will experience his presence like there is nowhere else you’d rather be. That amidst the persecutions, the trials, the hardships, you are right where God want you to be—in His presence.
I hope and pray that we will not get caught up in the realities of this world that we slowly unhinge ourselves to what the word of God says. It’s so easy to compromise when we’re not deeply rooted on the foundations of God’s word. It’s easy to say “yes” to the things of this world when we don’t know what God is saying about it. You won’t even notice that you’re already disobeying because becoming of this world is normal for you already. Until one day when at that point of need you realize you’re so far away from God when in fact He has been calling you out since your day 1 of compromise.
But how sweet it is to be loved by God! He has not actually left us. We are the ones who’s been pushing Him away because obeying is such hard work. We forget and we fail to obey because our definition of truth is stained by worldly standards. We compromise “just a little bit” because “this won’t hurt”. Yet when we come back again to that place of desperate need of a Savior, God is right there. Waiting. Patiently. Right where you left Him. Thank God His mercies are new every morning! Where would we be without Him?
I pray that we be a people that would honor God with integrity. I pray that we embrace the new identity He has given, through the blood of Jesus Christ, holding fast to His word.
Christ died for you. Don’t waste it chasing things that look pretty on the outside but rotten on the inside. Christ died for you despite of your sinfulness and disobedience. Always live a life worthy of the gospel.