By Randi Spearman
Cindy asked me a question on Friday, she said, “How much of the world are you going to let in?” She told me she had a dream that we were driving up a mountain and there were these crazy women driving behind us and she knew they were of the world trying to follow closely behind to keep us from going to the top.
I can see this picture in my mind and in my life right now. All the things of the world that I have been shielded from, are now trying to creep in. The busyness of the world was the 1st thing that crept up on me. Then I find myself wanting to have things that I see others have. Then a guy told me about an extremely good deal on a luxury car and it sounded too good to be true. So it must be. And I declined.
Then there are the subtle things like: Do I want to work out or read my Bible? I don’t have time for both. Do I watch this movie cause it’s the only one we have here? Do I allow flirtations to come out my mouth because I know there is no intentions behind them?
How much of the world do you let in? I think a better question would be, “How much of the WORD do you let in?” How much of the living, breathing WORD do you let control your life? When I am filled up on the Word I don’t have room for any outside influences. The things of the world do not compare to the things of God.
In Joshua 14, Caleb is talking to Joshua about his inheritance and 3 times he says, “I wholly followed the LORD…” And because he “wholly followed the LORD…” not half-heartily, with a few things of the world…but wholly followed Him…he was given Mount Hebron as his inheritance.
I know if I wholly follow the LORD, I will receive the inheritance He has prepared for me. And as I wait on this inheritance, I have to keep transforming my mind, so that I don’t get conformed to this world.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service, and do not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2