Finding Your Place - R.Earl

Everyone at some point in their lives try to “find their place in the world”. This is a common phrase and idea that many use when deciding what they “want to do”. Those who are still in junior high, high school and college try to decide not only who their friends should be but how they should spend their time and, for those that are old enough, what job they should hold.
            What does the world offer to influence you in these areas? When we say “the world” we are referring to those are not New Testament Christians. The world offers friendships that involve sinful activities: drugs, sexual activities outside of marriage, pressures to be dishonest, the use of foul language, selfishness and the pressure to condone other wicked lifestyles. The Bible however says things such as these will only separate a person from God. Notice what Peter says “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead” 1 Peter 4:3-5. God warns that those involved in such things will have to give an account to the Him who judges all.
            While the pressure and drawing power of such things may be strong we must remember that such pleasures of this world are only temporary. Moses was wise enough to recognize that such pleasures are short lived and that it’s much better to live for God than to live for temporary pleasures. Remember the words of the writer of Hebrews “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,” Hebrews 11:24-25.  Worldly pleasures and the hardships one faces when trying to abstain from sinful activities do not compare to what God has to offer those who love Him. This is what Paul was referencing when he spoke of hardships, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” Romans 8:18.
         The question remains, what does God have to offer? Christ provides the answer “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” John 10:10.  This is accomplished by a life of faithfulness to Him who is only filled with goodness, righteousness and love. “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” 1 John 1:5.  God offers not only forgiveness of sins and eternal life as a result of obedience to Him, He also reminds us that we do not need to worry about material things. Unlike the world, God & His Son do not pressure us to gain earthly possessions. Consider the what Christ says “And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” Luke 12:15.  While the world says you need this and that to be happy Christ says the opposite. He says life is more than possessions. The man with the “most toys” does not win. Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:19-21 that the sinful actions of this world do not provide happiness and will separate us from God. Those who belong to Christ do not do such things but instead live for Him “And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” Galatians 5:24.
            Our true place in this world is in the body of Christ because outside of His body there is no hope only spiritual death. “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie” Revelation 22:14-15.  Therefore, let us do what God requires of us to have our place in the Heavenly home that awaits the faithful.
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