This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts; who being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. . . .(Ephesians 4:17-21)Imagine to have sat directly under the teaching of Jesus Christ and yet still reject His words and His ways. How bold was that? Yet we do it today . . . We sit under sound biblical teaching, we sing songs proclaiming the Gospel, we even pray to the God we claim to so love. Yet when it comes to our decision making, we use the world's standards far too many times. Jesus would say that His sheep hear His voice and follow Him. (John 10:27)
So why when it comes to life's choices like relationships, money, activities, and the like, do we more often that not use worldly standards over biblical standards. If we know the music is ungodly, why listen? The "beat". . . . REALLY? If we know our friends are not a good influence for us, than why are we always finding ourselves with them? Time for some new friendships? If we know what we are doing is not of God and we say we ARE, then why do we not ask for help?The time is drawing nigh when we will have to take a bold stand for what we believe in and how we live. If not now, when? If not you and me, than who will? You ever wonder why you were chosen to live in this day? You my friends, like Esther of long ago, we're born for such a time as this! (Esther 4:14)
Will YOU take up the challenge . . . take up the Cross?