When I think about how my eyes were opened at that time, I am reminded of Daniel 12:4 and how the prophet wrote people would be at the end of time. “Now as for you, Daniel, roll up your scroll and seal your words until the time of the end. Many will rush around, while knowledge increases." And why are people rushing around? They are rushing around for the same reason I was and sometimes still do; to have more fun, to acquire more things, and to accomplish more goals. It’s human nature to want to experience pleasure.
Should Christians have goals and have fun? Absolutely! It’s wonderful to experience all that God has given us but pleasing God must be our number one goal and our every thought should be with that goal in mind. The closer we draw to Him the more opportunities He may give us to accomplish our desires and dreams. Of course, we can try to do it on our own and by the world’s standards we may even be highly successful when we try, but what good is that short term success if we lose our soul in the process?
Have you ever noticed that as knowledge (technology) increases our busyness increases too? The world sells advancements in technology as help to us and in many ways physically they are, but spiritually they often have the opposite effect. If we are constantly buying, fixing, using, and thinking about our electronic gadgets, we have less time and money to give, to help, to love, and to think about our creator. Am I against technology? I am not. But it should be a very small part of our life. God doesn’t want a piece of our heart. He wants all of it. 1 Corinthians 10:22-23 “Are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is edifying.” We should ask ourselves, does the technology I am using take me closer to God or further away?
When God opened our eyes to believe in Him and His Son that He sent, we were set apart from the world. He knew from the beginning who His people would be. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 “But we should always thank God for you, brothers who are loved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning to be saved by the sanctification of the Spirit and by faith in the truth.” What an incredible gift He has offered to those that accept it.
Did Paul choose to be a minister to the Gentiles? Did Peter decide that he was going to be a leader in the early church? God knew from the beginning of the world that Paul and Peter were His men. If you believe in Jesus Christ it is because God chose to reveal that to you. He chose you to be His servant. How can we not fall to our knees at this incredible blessing? How can we choose not to give Him our very best? How can we get caught up in games, movies, politics, fighting, lusting, pride, jealousy, materialism, and every worldly pleasure there is when the creator of the universe said, “I choose you.”
The people that God has chosen have a chance, an opportunity to be like Him one day (1 John 3:2). Yet many will walk away choosing their measly 70 or 80 years on earth to live it up for themselves (Matthew 13:18-23, Matthew 22:14). How can we turn away from eternal bliss with our creator for a car, a career, or a computer screen? We were made for so much more than things that rust and pass away. We were chosen to reign with Christ forever. I urge you to set down your phones, your pride, and your selfishness so your hands will be free to pick up your cross.
The gift of Him revealing Himself to us is free. The gift of our salvation is free. But we must choose it. We must submit. We must be willing to give the little we have to offer. A few years on earth is such a small sacrifice compared to what God has in store for those that follow Him. Never lose sight of the prize. You can’t get a prize if you don’t win the race and you can’t win a race if you don’t run. Don’t sleep walk after God. Run! 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
1 Peter 2:11-12 “Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.”