I’ve realized in the past when I’ve gone through moments of sadness, I’ve questioned what God has to offer me. I know that I’m not going to be on this earth forever, so I’ve questioned what God has to offer me, in regard to eternity. I’ve thought: Can God provide me the same happiness I experience on earth, in eternity? I know that is may sound like a crazy question, but I feel like it’s valid! I can’t be the only one who has thought this way…?
In my post last week, I proposed a question that challenged the decision of some. I asked: “Who are you most concerned with pleasing, God or this world?” Some people took offense to that question and I honestly didn’t think it was that tough of a question to answer. However, I put more thought into it, and it can be hard to answer!
There are times when we find ourselves enjoying this world and all the pleasures it has to offer. Don’t get me wrong, there’s NOTHING wrong with that! If you enjoy your life, enjoy it, just don’t get too attached. 1 John 2:15-17 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world -the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life- is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” I’m not going to lie, I LOVE life and how amazing it can be. But there are times when I question if I would be okay with losing it all? With that in mind, I’m cautious on how personal I take things. For example, I may be considered a hoarder, not an extreme one, but I have a lot of clothes, shoes, purses, books; I just have a lot of random things. But after realizing this lifestyle I’ve lived, I’ve found a balance that doesn’t allow me to get too attached, or comfortable.
I want you to take a moment to think of all the amazing experiences life has given you…now that you have those in mind: how many of those experiences will God be pleased with? I’m not saying that all of those experiences are sinful, but I can think of a few of mines that I know God would DEFINITELY question me on! And to be honest, when I look back on them, I question myself too!
It’s so easy to fall in love with this world because we know this world more than we know God. As I mentioned in “Are you desperate for your Spiritual Self?” we were raised to feed our physical self, so it’s not unusual to neglect our spiritual self! For those who thinks it’s unfair to have to chose between God and this world, just ask yourself this, “What more can this world offer you than what God can offer you?” The only offer this world has, is a life-time guarantee!! It’s sounds good, but don’t let it be deceiving. Just remember:
We are in this world, but not of this world (John 17:16).
I was talking to one of my friends about sin and how attractive it is. If it wasn’t for the Lord, I would be an advocate for the seven deadly sins: having sex, partying, doing drugs, getting money illegally, etc. If you are participating in these activities, I am NOT judging you. I just personally believe that these activities would have a negative impact on me! Jesus says in Mark 7:15, “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.” I believe these activities are considered bad because we have seen what they do to people; i.e. addiction. If participating in these activities doesn’t have an effect on you, then good for you! But these things ONLY feed our physical self. Like I said earlier, it’s okay when we don’t know; God doesn’t expect you to know something He hasn’t told you (Romans 1: 14-17). However, now that you do know, you have a choice.
I understand that there may be some people who haven’t had a good experience with getting to know God. There are some Christians who force God on others and that’s not right! “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand” (Roman 14:4). It doesn’t matter what position you hold in your church, you have NO right to judge anyone. None of us know what right or what’s wrong; we only know the effects it has on people thus developing this idea. But God is the only one who knows the true intentions of our heart..
God honestly doesn’t care where you’re at in your life; He’s willing to help. “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter” (1 Peter 4:15-16). It’s very reassuring to know that God is ALWAYS there, no matter what. The times when I wanted to give up on life, I remember that it’s not that serious! God didn’t intend for our lives to be filled with sadness or depression, rather gave us the option to chose Him or this world. After everything I’ve endured, I’m going to choose God for $1000!
When you surrender yourself to God, He will offer EVERYTHING you have been looking for in life. It’s your choice to take, what’s the worst that could happen?