In the previous articles in this series we discussed how we have neglected our mission field because we have gotten too comfortable in our life here, in the culture. We think nothing of this problem but when we look at Scripture and it says that to be partakers of the things of this world makes us enemies with God, then we have to ask ourselves if it is time to give up the things of this earth to pursue God.
I know what many of you are thinking. At the suggestion of having to do away with some of your toys, your fun stuff, you will get all defensive. “But God wants us to enjoy our life” or “Don’t be so legalistic, we have freedom in Christ!”
I know you are thinking this because it is what I am thinking. My flesh wants to fight this thought. I see others enjoying their life here and I want to enjoy it too.
I am not saying that we are supposed to live in total depravity of everything fun. But would that really be a bad thing?
The closer I draw to Jesus the less I care about entertainment and the more I want to just serve Him. It doesn’t become a slave relationship where I can’t have any fun for fear of being struck by lightning; it becomes something where I love serving God so much that to think of spending my time playing games or watching tv just feels like such a waste in comparison!
You may think this is crazy talk, that I am still just denying myself the entertainment that our culture feels it is so entitled to, but when we get to heaven and stand before God, are we really going to be proud of all that time we spent in entertainment? Will we be proud that we spent 7,000 hours of our life watching television and movies, or another 20,000 hours playing video games?
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. – Colossians 3:1-3
The only time we find entertainment important in our lives is when we are not close with God. The more we focus on the things of God, the less time we want to spend on entertainment.
Think about when you were dating. When you start out getting to know each other and falling in love with each other. Did you just spend all of your time staring at the tv? Is that how your relationship developed? Sure you go to the movies and sometimes watch shows together but a majority of your time is spent talking, and interacting together. This is how you got to know each other.
You fall in love with that person and want to spend all of your time with them. Just because you would rather spend time with your boyfriend or girlfriend instead of watch tv does not mean that you are depraving yourself of entertainment, does it? The entertainment truly doesn’t matter to you in comparison.
It is this way with God. The more we fall in love with God the less we care about the things of this world, the less we care about what the culture cares about.
So focus on heaven, focus on Christ, and focus on our mission here on Earth!
But beware, this world, satan, your flesh, will fight against you and distract you and make you lose that focus.
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. – Hebrews 12:1, 3
- Entertainment-Driven Church (savouringthegospel.wordpress.com)
- Done with the old self (mylife.jonzenor.com)
- Whipping Away the Traders Within Us (goldenbible.wordpress.com)