Heart Attitudes: Using But Not Abusing

There is a very subtle trap that we are apt to fall into and not even know that we have fallen into it. Oddly, once we have been trapped, it is so comfortable that we have little inclination to be extricated. You and I could actually be in that trap right now! Where do we live? On Earth. How do we live? Quite a bit like the people we regularly interact with. We may be a “cut above” some and not quite measure up to others. We move on in a basic pattern, carried on in the current of habits. We need to stop and consider if we are out of harmony with what God’s wants us to be and to do in this world. Have we lost sight of the fact that we are on an assignment? I’m talking to those who know Jesus as Savior and Lord. We live here only long enough to complete our mission. God has given us all we need plus His authority to rescue people from this decaying world and lead them into His kingdom. Why, then, have we forgotten our responsibility and simply blended in to everyday living here? I Corinthians 7:31 reminds us “….they that use this world, as not abusing (it): for the fashion of this world passeth away.” We are to be in the world, but not of it. We need to plan and take time to reach out to those who are “dead in trespasses and sins.” (From Ephesians 2:1). We are not to be entangled with their chains of death. We are to radiate His life, explaining how they can be raised to new life in Him. God will open eyes and work through us if we use this world and don’t abuse it by being like it or neglecting to offer others a way of escape. Excerpts from Charles Wesley’s, “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” offers motivation and prayer to shed light in this dying world: “Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease, ’tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’tis life and health and peace. He breaks the power of cancelled sin, He sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the foulest clean; His blood availed for me. My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread thro’ all the earth abroad the honors of Your name.” Selah! If we are ensnared by this world’s values and resemble the enemy’s prisoners, how seriously will they take our offer of being able to escape?   Ron

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