If you were asked to draw the face of the world, what face would you draw? A happy face? A sad face? A disappointed face? What else?
We are living in the worst of times in terms of moral degeneracy. Violence, murder, corruption and their like seem to have catalyzed the decay of our world. Sexual immorality has gained more than a foothold in our culture, to the extent that prostitution has been legalized in some countries of the world, while rape and STDs are gaining rise. Pornography makes more money than Google and Netflix combined. Same sex marriage? Aren’t you amazed at how adults of this present age seem to debating over what exactly marriage is supposed to be (Genesis 2:24)?
Here’s my prognosis: A lot of people lack a sincere relationship with Jesus Christ. Of course one doesn’t change overnight when he confesses Jesus Christ as Lord. But all it takes is a look at Paul’s life to realize that even the most hardened heart is subject to change when Jesus is enthroned in that heart (Acts 9:1-31).
The book of Psalms begins with the word “Blessed”, a word apropos of the man described in verse 1 of chapter 1 – a man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of the scornful. Why is this man blessed? If a man gives his life to Christ, he has – in essence – said no to say, drugs and indiscriminate sex. By saying no to such stuff, he has reduced his risk of acquiring STDs or any drug-related disease. As for the spiritual benefits, read the rest of Psalm 1.
In Deuteronomy 6: 4-9, we are given a profound exhortation:
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
I love the verse 5; “… love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” If we live according to this particular exhortation, we would always choose the God option in our decisions. We would think through our ideas of fun so we don’t go on that “much needed break” and come back broken only because our “bill” didn’t match our “thrill.”
If we would love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and might, businessmen on trips will remember that their allegiance is to God. Women alone at home will know God is watching. Guys browsing the internet alone will know they have a charge to keep. Girls texting will do so in godliness.
As Christians, we are supposed to make the world a better place (Matthew 5:13, 14). Let’s make a pact to commit the rest of our days to loving God with all our heart, soul and might. Men will become better fathers. Women will become better mothers. The world will be a much better place (Proverbs 22:6). I’m in. What about you?