How Much of the World is Too Much?

 

 Oh, it is very much a difficult feat to write a blog post at the time that it should be posted. (It will supposedly auto-post early Saturday morning, at 12:00 A.M. if I’ve finished it.)

But I’m committed to it and I love it, so it’s not a burden at all.

Maybe a lot of our lives are that way.

Maybe you enjoy school. Or you have the perfect job. Perhaps you have tasks that you do every day – not just because you should – but because you want to.

And then there are also things that go the other way around. For me, it is getting out of bed in the morning. I could sleep until 10:00 A.M. every day – but I wouldn’t get anything done, so I don’t do that. Instead, after hitting snooze probably four times, I drag myself out of bed and shove myself into the shower. Painfully.

This is an example of doing something despite the fact that I passionately do not want to do it.

Dear friend, I think we approach so many things in life with a less-than-“enjoying-it” attitude. For example, reading the Word of God.

That’s right. The Bible.

How many times do we take for granted what we have access to?

Most of us probably have at least five Bibles in our homes. Or maybe even one or part of one. (Including digital copies, my family most likely has over twenty…But that’s probably just us.)

When did reading the Holy and Inspired Word of Truth become a chore?

Seriously, we have no idea how good we have it. Freedom to read (let alone own) a Bible is a privilege. Friends, this book is ALIVE! There is no other book that has the power of the Inspired Word of God.

Here’s one of my favorite passages in the Bible. It’s Psalm 119:9-16.

How can a young man keep his way pure?

    By guarding it according to your word.

With my whole heart I seek you;

    let me not wander from your commandments!

I have stored up your word in my heart,

    that I might not sin against you.

Blessed are you, O Lord;

    teach me your statutes!

With my lips I declare

    all the rules of your mouth.

In the way of your testimonies I delight

    as much as in all riches.

I will meditate on your precepts

    and fix my eyes on your ways.

I will delight in your statutes;

    I will not forget your word.

 

There’s a lot of truth we can pull from this. First of all, we learn how to remain pure.

How can a young man keep his way pure?

    By guarding it according to your word.

With my whole heart I seek you;

    let me not wander from your commandments!

I have stored up your word in my heart,

    that I might not sin against you.

 

We must guard our lives according to the Bible! We can’t expose ourselves to the world purposefully, then cross our fingers for good luck, hoping we won’t be influenced by the world too much.

I’ve thought about this question a lot lately, “How much of the world is too much?” But I’ve realized this is the wrong question.

The question cannot be “How much sin can I get away with and still be a Christian?”

Grace isn’t about God forgiving our sin and letting us get away with whatever we want because He’s not going to punish us. When we understand grace – undeserved forgiveness when were so hopeless – we realize that we were saved from being a slave to sin, not just being condemned to Hell. Why would we want to go back into sin when we were rescued from it?

Think about it. If your house was burning down, and someone rescued you and your family from it and got you out, would you go back in there? You’d better not. Because that burning-down house is l.i.t.e.r.a.l.l.y. fleeting from existence. “But my cash is in there…”

Human, do you want your wallet, or your life?

Do you want your fleeting-pleasure-sin, or eternal life?

Listen to the Bible. Don’t be a part of the world because “It’s cool.” In a hundred years, when you’re dead, cool will not matter. Eternity will matter.

The better question would be, “How much of my life can I possibly spend living for my Savior? How much can I grow to know Him more?”

That’s the best way to spend our lives. Live. For. Him.

Now please don’t get me wrong here. I am not saying that if you don’t read your Bible, you can’t truly be a Christian. That is NOT what I am saying at all. But the difference between reading and not reading is the difference between surviving and thriving.

Blessed are you, O Lord;

    teach me your statutes!

With my lips I declare

    all the rules of your mouth.

In the way of your testimonies I delight

    as much as in all riches.

I will meditate on your precepts

    and fix my eyes on your ways.

I will delight in your statutes;

    I will not forget your word.

The Word of God is amazing. It shows us who God is. How to live. His majesty. Splendor. Love. The most priceless artifact in all the world. And it belongs to us, the children of God.

Don’t let the Bible become that dusty book on the top shelf. Let it be the Book that has a cracked binding because it’s been read so much. Let it be the Book that is never “put away.” Let it be the Book that has so many pen and highlighter marks that you can barely read the words anymore. Let us buy a new Bible because the old one is so worn – not because we think it has gotten “boring.”

The Bible is beautiful. Will you read it along with me?

*aj

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8 thoughts on “How Much of the World is Too Much?

  1. Hey, AJ! I love this post . . . and usually I’m not this kind of person but is the post supposed to be titled “How Much Of The WORLD Is Too Much”??? Maybe I didn’t read the article correctly lol but I was just wondering about that.

    Thank you for all you do. By the way, what other blogs do you read?

    Aliyah

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    • Hey! Yeah…didn’t I title it that?…not sure. Lol. 🙂
      Well…blogs…I read a lot. But ones that I especially like are:
      therebelution.com
      notesfrommycornerofcreation.blogspot.com
      foreversoldiersofgod.blogspot.com
      projectinspired.com
      leahegood.com
      And there’s probably a ton more that I can’t think of right now. But I love those. How about you?

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      • Sorry…. Must have just been me lol. 🙂 that happens a lot so don’t feel bad.

        Um. Well, I love LYWB.com and also twoblesseddamsels.blogspot.com, with freshmodesty.blogspot.com high on the list. I also like jihcphototography.blogspot.com (I hope that’s the right link lol) and shereadstruth.com .

        Those all look cool, I will have to look into them. 😉

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  2. Amanda,
    Amazing wisdom for a young adult….rather humbling, but such a blessing, for a 71 year old to have such a wise granddaughter.
    God bless you.
    Granka Bill

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  3. I am just so thankful that there are still young people who are *passionate* in their love for Christ and His word! Such good thoughts, keep it up 🙂 I have a question for you: How do you personally communicate this passion to your friends, say in youth group? I just seem to have trouble rallying my friends to live above all of this earthly stuff. Got any suggestions?

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    • Ooh, that’s a tough question. For me, my personality errs on the side of introvert, and I can be pretty quiet when I’m at youth group. But, what I have done a few times, is led the Bible teaching portion of my youth group. A few other kids also have done this when there’s an opportunity. I find it difficult though, when we are just “standing there” talking for me to randomly bring up spiritual things. I think it’s hard for most other people too. I think that for me, (weird as it sounds) texting my friends has helped a lot. I think people open up more when you have a closer connection and show that you care all the time, not just when you’re there. A few of my friends and I are on a group chat and we often share prayer requests and pray for each other which I find really valuable. Definitely pray for them! Encourage them in things to replace earthly stuff with (e.g. “Hey, have you heard so-and-so’s new [Christian] album? It’s really good!” Or “Have you read such-and-such [Christian] book? It’s my favorite!”) as opposed to saying, “you can’t listen to that music, it’s worldly and sinful.” Talk to your youth pastor or youth leaders about starting a student-led Bible study or something like that, to encourage deepening in yours and your friends’ faith. God bless, and I’ll be praying!

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