Hey! I haven’t blogged in a while, and I apologise for my absence. I’m not even sure why, I just hadn’t felt a “push” yet. But now I have.
This is heavy on my heart, I’m praying the Lord releases everything He has put in me. I pray that these words shall be clearly communicated, and shall take root in your heart. In Jesus’ powerful name, Amen.
You know those rubber bands? The ones we use to do everything – pack our hair, pack money, and all of that. Do you ever play with it? Do you ever stretch it, and stretch and stretch, just trying to see how far it can go without breaking?
That’s what a lot of us, as young Christians do with regards to obeying God’s word and I’ll like us to talk about it today.
There are everyday questions that bother us young Christians, and I’ve gotten my fair share of these questions:
Is kissing a sin?
Can we go to clubs/ raves / drink ups as Christians?
Do the clothes we wear matter? What’s wrong with showing skin as long as I’m comfortable?
I’ve gotten to the point where I realise that those are not the questions we should be asking. As Christians, what are we called to be?
You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.
Deuteronomy 14:2 NLT
See what God says we are? Set apart – removed from the rest of the world, chosen to be different, called to stand out. That’s who you are.
Set apart and Fitting in are two opposites. Antonyms. If God has called you to be set apart, why are you fitting in? What is the “it factor” in you that marks you as different from the rest of the world?
Okay, back to our rubber band talk. I say that stretching that rubber band just to see how far it can go is what a lot of us do everyday as Christians.
Our minds are saying – “How far can I go before it becomes a sin?”
It’s just kissing after all, we’re not going to get naked or have sex.
It’s just clubbing after all, I’m not going to get drunk or something.
And so it goes on, there are so many instances.
You try to quiet the still voice within you that tries to convict you with a “well, the Bible doesn’t actually explicitly speak against it.”
As true lovers of Christ, should this be so? Are we supposed to be living a “law-led” life or a Spirit led life? Should we be trying to live on the verge of sin? We’re called to be set apart. Our life goal should be pleasing our Maker. If we’re conforming with the rest of the world, there’s something wrong somewhere.
What I would say is check the motive behind everything you’re doing. These little issues that bother us young Christians, if you want to partake in it, ask yourself why. What is pushing you?
This urge inside of you, what is the source? Why do you want to? That’s the real question.
I love what Paul says to Timothy here.
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.
2 Timothy 2:22 NLT.
Think on that for a minute. Run (not negotiate with, or try to wiggle around) anything that stimulates youthful lusts. I love that it says anything that “stimulates” youthful lusts, and not just “run from youthful lusts.” Anything at all that will lead you to sin, run. Just run.
There’s a beautiful example of fleeing in the Bible, I’ll show you.
And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me! But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out [of the house].
Genesis 39:12 AMP
This was Joseph fleeing from Potiphar’s wife.
Your focus is not on this world, but on the world to come. And I pray that God empowers you to know how and when to run.
I’m going to end this with my go-to scripture
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NLT
My Father, thank you for my life. I ask that from this moment, you teach me to live a Spirit led life. I ask that for direction Lord, that you show me the way in which I should go so that I may walk in it.
Help me Lord, that I will not be conformed to the standards of this world. May I be truly set apart for Your glory. May I be a light in this dark world. And when people see me, let them see you in me. I ask in the name that is above every other name Jesus, Amen.