One of the biggest challenges to the Christian is living with a foot in both worlds. ‘Being in the world, but not of the world.’
God’s people Israel struggled similarly when exiled in Babylon. They took on the gods of the people living around them. God warned them to flee from Babylon, for she will be destroyed.
How do we know when we have taken on the gods and idols of this world?
In his book Counterfeit Gods: When the Empty Promises of Love, Money and Power Let You Down, Tim Keller asks:
- Where does your mind drift when nothing demands your attention? What do you keep thinking about to get joy and comfort?
- How do you spend your money? (see Matt 6:21)
- What are you really living for? What gets you through each day like a mini-saviour? What makes you angry or despair when you don’t get it?
- Look at your most uncontrollable emotions. Perhaps your anger, despair or guilt. Are they there because something is too important in your life?
These questions help us see things of this world that have taken the place of God. There is no peace or salvation for the godless. Let’s encourage one another to give our allegiance to God and remember our home is the Holy City heaven.
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.