Monday, February 3, 2014

At home in the world

Romans 12:1 & 2 has been spinning in my head for a week now.  "So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life- and place it before God as an offering.  Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.  Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking." The Message. 

I received a catalog in the mail Saturday.  It was from one of my favorite places.  One that I love to shop at just about as much as I love diet coke, coffee & chocolate.  So I have just scoped the pages and dreamed and lusted after all things beautiful.  Planning & plotting of where I could use things in my home to make it prettier.  This snow day morning as I was still scoping & planning this jumped off the page and slapped me in the face.  Hard!
Do you see what it says??? Be at home in the world.  Now I know they are referring to the cozy room in this ad. But that statement hit like a ton of bricks.  Paul tells me in the verse I quoted not to conform any longer to the pattern of this world.  But isn't it so easy to do just that.  Become part of the world.  To be at home in the world.  But this world isn't home.  I'm just passing through. 
Oh, I want to and will enjoy all the pretty's I can.  But they won't decorate my heavenly home. 
Paul also writes in Colossians 3:1&2, "Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above not on earthly things."
I don't want to be so consumed with the things of this world that I miss out on my heavenly home.  I don't want to be so conformed to the world that I miss out on what "Daddy" is saying.  But the world is so much louder isn't it?
The world says look at me & do what I do.  But....God says... No, look at me.  Renew your mind so you can see &  know, what my will is.  My good, pleasing & perfect will.
I can't do that if I am at home in the world. 
So my question to you is this: Are you at home in the world? Are you comfortable here?

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