Society today is at an interesting point. Information is only a click away, we are bombarded by streams of data to process everywhere you turn! I can pretty much find out about anything or any public figure that tickles my fancy in mere moments. We are such a super-productive society!! Oh wait, no we aren’t… It seems that we are also in an era of being lackadaisical. Laziness and mediocrity both at home and at work seem par for the course these days. Kids don’t play outside anymore and just enough work to get the job done seems to be the order of the day, but is this the biblical model for work and play? No…
Sometimes I read things in the Bible that just make me scratch my head. Then again, if you are reading certain books it is not hard to find passages that make you scratch your head when trying to understand what it means, why something in particular would happen, or even why someone would choose certain things! I mean, I like frogs, I even had some as pets as a kid, but if I was covered with them I would not put up with that any longer than I had to!!
Society today moves at the speed of thought. We can put a thought into action almost as fast as we can think it. With modern technology the way it is I can dream up a business idea, register the corporation, possess all related domain names and social networking services, and have a presence in place in about an hour. The length of time between thought and action has decreased dramatically. As Christians we must control our actions, just because we can think of something doesn’t mean we should do it. Some things we shouldn’t think at all… So how are we to keep our thoughts under control?
Prayer should be central to the life of all Christians, I am a huge believer in the power of prayer! Not only should prayer be central to the life of Christians, it should also be central to the life of the church both globally and locally. It saddens me to see the church sliding away from the model of prayer given to us by the early church.
I’m on fire today! My wife and I have been prayerfully waiting for an opportunity that we knew would come, we just didn’t know when it would come or what it would be. We prayed that it would be some sort of ministry opportunity that would enable us to further the Kingdom in some way by reaching out to people with the Gospel message. Then something came… I feel such a renewed sense of purpose as I now work with the opportunity that has been presented to us and that got me to thinking about being on fire, being cold, and being lukewarm. Lukewarm Christianity is something that you often hear in Christian circles but it is one concept that is often gotten wrong by people.
We are a society of instant gratification, we want it all and we want it right now! Not only that, we want it our way! The latest? We want it! The greatest? We want it! The biggest? We want it! Sometimes we don’t even think of the consequences of getting it, we simply want it, so we get it.
Christians are down on themselves (and each other sometimes) a lot. We try each and every day not to fall prey to temptations into sin and each and every day we fall short of the mark. Nobody can be perfect, and that’s ok because God doesn’t demand that of us. All he asks is that we honestly try our best.