“You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, for the Lord your God in the midst of you is a jealous God…”
Deuteronomy 6:14-15a NASB (Emphasis mine.)
How often we make choices based on what’s going on around us rather than what’s going on within us. It’s a telltale sign of one of two things: First, conformity to our culture surrounding us or, second, the absence of captivation by God’s activity within us. Maybe both.
I don’t want either to be the case! I want to reject what’s around me because what God’s doing within me is so alluring, so drawing, so intriguing, and has created such a longing within me that it captivates my attentions completely!
Much of what Paul calls conformity, “to this world,” as he speaks in Romans 12:2, is simply our own fault! We’re too distracted by the exciting activity of our culture around us, to even be aware of the elaborately more engaging work of God within us!
Without a doubt, our world does offer many exciting activities, most of which are not evil, bad, or sinful. Yet they become sinful to us when we become more enamored with them than we are with Him.
How do we maintain our focus upon God’s work within us? Check out this week’s BE Renewed newsletter from earlier this week. I think you can see the correlation between this Scripture above and those mentioned there.
(Here’s a link to my BE Renewed newsletter from earlier this week.)