Our lives are drifting, and it is a quick and slippery slope, friends.
Our daily tasks are packed full of indulging, self-satisfaction, and mind-numbing functions; and without a sense of taking a good long look at them, we risk sitting in a chair at old age, looking back, and pleading, “I’ve wasted it!”
Today, no less, makes it that much easier for us to indulge in any and every thing we wish, most notably those things which so easily dumb us down, and distract us so heavily from an eagerness, focus, and longing for God and His wisdom.
One example of this is TV. Television has become a great life-waster of the modern age; and it’s important to note the internet is running to catch up.
“The main problem with TV is not how much smut is available, though that is a problem. Just the ads are enough to sow fertile sees of greed and lust, no matter what program you’re watching. The greater problem is banality. A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. Its facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel deep emotions shrivels.” ~ John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life (p. 120).
‘What is happening in American is that television is transforming all serious public business into junk . . . . Television disdains exposition, which is serious, sequential, rational, and complex. It offers instead a mode of discourse in which everything is accessible, simplistic, concrete, and above all, entertaining. As a result, America is the world’s first culture in jeopardy of amusing itself to death.’ ~ Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death (p. 15, 18).
Take a second to read Luke 6:32-34 and Matthew 5:47.
You see, we live lives so consistent of the world, yet we wonder why more people aren’t acknowledging God’s supreme excellence. Our friends see us day after day, partaking in the same lifestyle as they do, indulging in the very same ways, and neglecting many morals which we claim to adhere to; and then we wonder why people aren’t more attracted to church!
Friends, notice James 4:4 – “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy with God.”
We are called to live alongside unbelievers, yes, but we still must live a life noticeably different from non-believers. If we live a life in alliance with the world (and their pleasures), we declare our standing against God; all the while if we declare our allegiance with God, there is almost always an oppositional force against the world and their habitual indulgences.
In order to invoke any change in our lives, we must develop a discipline of interrogating it.
I specifically use the word interrogating instead of ‘investigating’ because to us, it means ‘take a glimpse at it, poke around for a sec, and then back to life as usual.’
If we are interrogating how we live, we are forced to ask ourselves why we live the way we do, why we chose to act the way we did in certain situations, and how God is being demonstrating as our supreme joy and our ultimate excellence and pride in life.
As John Piper puts it, “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.”
May we constantly remember that when we are satisfied in God, we will naturally incline ourselves to things more in alignment with Him, and we will naturally wish to display His greatness in our actions.
Let us do our best to remember that Jesus didn’t die on a cross for us to go to church once a week and reluctantly hand our time over to Him.
He died so we may have everlasting life, and display His greatness through our actions for all the world to see, and better understand His love for us.
I pray that we may take this seriously and strive to never come to the end of our lives clinching to make our last words, “I’ve Wasted It!”