As I anticipate the unfolding of a new year I have had one thing on my mind that I know I need to work on, “let go of the world”.
The world and I battle with each other. Almost imperceptibly at times I find myself drifting towards the kiosk of worldliness flashing and beckoning for my attention.
The Savior Jesus Christ taught his disciples,“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:25-26, KJV)
There is Jesus, teaching something so profound in so few words; Soul searching questions that sound so right to my Spirit but strike at the heart of the natural man within.
The realization that worldliness leads to nothing and a sacrifice of the world leads to everything. We live in a world that campaigns the message “come partake, enjoy, stay awhile, put your feet up, being part of the world is comfortable and pleasing to self!” The underlying message that is hidden to us however is that worldliness leads to emptiness of soul.
While the initial message is quite appealing it is apparent that Jesus invited to seek for things of a better. His message may not be as appealing to our carnal minds, “seek for soul stretching uncomfortableness and self-mastery, holy habits that may require sacrifice and work”.
How then can we deal with our tendency toward worldliness? Perhaps it is not by determining that we will not be worldly, but by committing ourselves to becoming more godly.
As you may have set some goals this year, could being more godly be a part of it? Godliness leads to the greatest fulfillment you can find. I invite you to add another column to your goals this year. Godliness. What Godly qualities, thoughts, and behaviors will you develop in 2015 that will help you to more completely “let go of the world”? Send one of your ideas to #godlinessin2015multiplygoodness (Image credit)