Looking unto Jesus and not at the world, its customs, its example, its rules, its judgments.
In every age of mankind the world has made an appeal for man’s attention. It desires us to have the acceptable attitude of that particular age toward its customs, its example, its rules, its judgments.
Of course that creates a problem for the one who loves the Lord Jesus. Think of the Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel. What got them in trouble under two different kings? The complaint against them was they didn’t regard the king, nor serve his gods. In other words, they didn’t follow the customs, rules of the day nor its judgments. They would not compromise. They were looking in a different direction – to the God whom they loved and who was able to deliver them. A look to the world is incompatible with looking to Jesus. Ask the Lord to reveal to you what direction you are looking.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. I John 2:15-16
…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever, therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4
Can We Pray? Lord what in my life is evidence of a concern for the praise and acceptance of this age? I want to be used as a light to my generation but I don’t want that light to be dimmed by rotting conventions of the day. I want my life to speak to eternal convictions. Let me spend less time finding my way into people’s hearts and more time finding my way into your heart of love, compassion, and mercy for all people.