Sunday, May 24, 2009

Joy Away From the World

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26, Psalm 1, 1 John 5:9-13, John 17:6-19

The world we live in is a very interesting place. Its tempting decadence pulls us in from time to time and make our lives interesting. But those of us who are followers of Christ have to realize that we are no longer a part of the world. We are basically visitors in this world, working toward our goal of becoming a true Christian and enjoying eternal life.

The Apostle Paul reminded us that when we are children, we act and think like children, but when we become adults, we have to put away those childish things. Delving into the decadence the world has to offer is childish. When we caved into peer pressure as a teen, we did it to fit in. When you commit your life to follow Christ, you no longer fit in that world.

As hard as it may seem, you must control your temptation. If you do not, you will lose your way and jeopardize your inheritance of eternal life. Since you know the truth, your faith should give you the strength to resist. It is not easy, and you will struggle to maintain. However, when you remember what you are working toward, that temptation is not so tempting after all.

In short, stay strong in the faith and find your joy away from the world we are temporary occupants in.