This world...needs Jesus.
This world...needs a Savior.
This world is a dark place. It doesn't take much to figure that out. Just look around you. Media is all up in your face. Half the time, the songs on the radio are too inappropriate for my ears. Watch the news- that's a sure fire way to get depressed about where we're headed. Sickness is all over the place. Stories of sex trafficking, drug abuse, and violence are the new norm.
Satan wants nothing more than to drag you down with him. He knows that the ultimate battle has already been won, so he is determined to take as many of God's chosen ones- US!- with him. He makes it his job to tempt us, to distract us, to lure us away from our walk with Christ.
My aunt Ang loves to say, "If you want to BE different, then you've got to DO different." I wholeheartedly agree. How are we supposed to show Christ's love if we are acting the same as the world? We are called to BE DIFFERENT. We are called to live in such a way that people are pointed to Christ.
Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Be transformed! BE DIFFERENT!
What does that look like? Blast your Jesus music! Don't read the sex filled New York times best seller. Skip the R rated movie. Encourage your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to stay strong. Find a church community and get plugged in. Get in the Word with the Lord. Be polite and respectful. Love when it's hard. Run the opposite direction from any kind of temptation that comes your way. Stand apart from the crowd.
Make living for Jesus your priority, friends. No, we aren't going to always get it right. We aren't perfect- we fail and make mistakes. But Jesus always catches us; He always forgives; He always redeems.
Be transformed today, friends.