- You find yourself in a conversation of worldly topics like the latest celebrity news, the latest technological advancement, the most popular song, the next big move in your career, the goals you’ve set at the gym/working out, the styles that are trending, the car you want or already bought, and so on.
- You hear gossip about others, foul language, raunchy jokes, and so on.
- You’re seeing a round of drinks going around a few times.
- You hear someone complaining of loved ones.
- You’re encouraged to “do you”
- You notice the word blessing being thrown around without comprehension of its significance.
You read 2 Timothy 3: 2-5
“People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”
And then it happens, the ah-hah moment when your heart feels convicted and a shift occurs. I’ve read this verse over and over and realize how much of it we see today. Slowly you begin to feel uncomfortable, and you feel like an outsider. You can’t help but reflect on how often you pray first instead of complaining, how you haven’t even thought twice about what car or home you have, let alone the next one you want. You look around in the kitchen and notice the few or non-existent liquor options that are available to you. You find yourself dressing simpler, seeking less recognition, quieter in conversations, your social media looks different than it did before, you count your hardships instead of gains as blessings, you’re slower to anger and although tough you learn to turn the other cheek when someone has offended you, you begin to say no to social gatherings and so on.
I’ve learned that when you surrender your life to Christ, committing as hard as you can to follow hard after Him and His word it’s inevitable that you’ll find yourself fighting and questioning the flesh. The message, the truth of the gospel, isn’t always easy to hear. It’s simply not popular. All that is preached is love and many are choosing to remove the hard truths of the gospel. I am in the middle of a study by David Platt titled Radical and he talks about the modernization of Jesus. A Jesus and His gospel that is convenient to our lifestyle. I am convinced it’s when the enemy whispers in your ear questions like, “Am I able to live life exactly how I used to, but still claim to love Jesus? Isn’t it all about a balance, anyways?” 1 Corinthians 15:33 makes it clear. “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.” The enemy whispers again, “These situations aren’t bad. Jesus wants all this fun feel good in your life.”
I see it all too often. People convince themselves of the latter and then all of a sudden your life, your day to day, what comes out of your mouth, looks a lot like the majority, and Matthew 7:13 clearly states “For WIDE is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction.”
In a recent devotion it made note to be always be a noticeable witness (it was referring to specifically to praying before eating), but it definitely applies to every aspect of your life. How are you able to be a noticeable witness when your life is a reflection of solely the world and not His word? What areas in your life are you giving your 100% that honor God? Are you opening the Bible everyday? Are you praying everyday? Are you attending service every week? Are you serving others? Are you serving your husband and children? Where is the majority of your time being spent? If others see where your priorities are I assure you Jesus does too.
The transformation that occurs in your heart is truly impacting when you open the Bible and read it, analyze it, and apply it. Although on the narrow road that sometimes feels so narrow it only has room for a single line Matthew 7:14 comforts when it says, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that LEADS TO LIFE, and only a few find it.”
Let’s be the few.