Are You Sinking?
"It is not our being in the world that ruins us, but out suffering the world to be in us: just as ships sink, not by being in the water, but by water getting into them!”
A. R. Fasusset (1821-1910)
Worldliness is nothing new. Mankind has been enticed by the things of the world despite there being no internet, social media, pornography, sexual revolution or drug epidemic. Just because past generations traveled in a wagon to go to town and send a message by telegraph did not exempt them from engaging in sinful thoughts, behaviors or disgraceful speech. Christians live and function in the midst of a perverse society that continually calls our name. Some have taken on too many earthly attributes and are drowning in the cesspool of standards set by society. We are sinking.
14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
Only the word of God keeps us afloat. As long as we remain here, it is the daily meditation and study of God’s truth that keeps the world and its ways a safe distance away. Sanctification occurs by taking on the word and not the world. We are transformed by the renewing of our mind. We see life differently and what looked so enticing before becomes a scourge. Our desires are redirected from what looks good to what is good. Before you can be filled, there are some worldly attitudes and behaviors that must be emptied from our lives. You know what needs to go so start dumping all the extraneous worldly ways that preoccupy your mind before you find yourself sinking.