When you think of the ideal life, what do you think of? As I look around I fear that the world encourages us to yearn for something that isn’t real. We see on TV perfect families and glamorous lives. We don’t see the bills, the fights, etc. What is presented to us is an inflated version of real life and sadly, I fear this may have become our new status bar. This “hyper reality” is unattainable and perishable.
So what do we put our time, energy, money and hope towards? Is it perishable or not?
Matt Chandler said that in consumerism you have to use your energy, your money and your resources. But Jesus said no, I’ll deplete my resources. The world says we have to go broke for a great life, Jesus says I will be broken for you to have a great life. We are supposed to be living by convictions, not cravings.
We live in a community that wants minimum commitment with maximum return. God did the opposite. He gave everything and yet we give Him so little.
We need to renounce our desire for this “hyper reality” life. What is taking up your time?
“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that is perishable; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.”
1 Corinthians 9:25-26
“If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”