Are We More Conformed to the World Than We Think?

As followers of Jesus, we strive to be set apart from the world. We want to be different, to walk in His ways, and to be a light shining in the darkness of this world. However, I often wonder if we are more conformed to the world than we care to admit. It’s easy to get caught up in the current trends, to blend in, and not stand out. Even worse, we may not realize how secular voices influence us. In this blog post, I’ll explore how we can identify these influences and strive to be more like Christ.

Social Media: Do you ever find yourself scrolling through social media, comparing your life to others? We live in an age of constant comparison and the pressure to be perfect. It’s easy to let this influence how we see ourselves and those around us. Instead, let’s challenge ourselves to use social media as a tool to be a light. Share positive messages, and encourage others in their faith.

Entertainment: What movies and television shows are you consuming? Are they in line with your Christian values? It’s easy to get caught up in the latest drama or binge-watching a series without thinking about what we’re filling our minds with. Let’s challenge ourselves to choose entertainment that aligns with our beliefs.

Politics: Politics are a hot topic, and it can be easy to get swept up in the debates. However, let’s not forget that our ultimate allegiance is to Christ, not a political party. Let’s strive to be respectful of others with differing views but not let politics divide us as believers.

Materialism: In a culture that values material possessions, it’s easy to fall into the trap of consumerism. Let’s challenge ourselves to be content with what we have and generous with others. Remember, our ultimate treasure is in heaven, not on this earth.

The Culture of Busyness: We live in a society that values productivity and being busy. Getting caught up in this mentality is easy, but we must remember that rest is essential to our spiritual health. Let’s prioritize rest and time with God above all else.

As followers of Jesus, we must be vigilant in guarding our hearts and minds against the world's influence. Identifying and challenging these influences in our lives is essential to grow in our faith and be a light to those around us. Remember, we are called to be set apart, and it’s up to us to make this a reality.

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