Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Loving the world.

"Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity."
-1 John 2:15-17.

"But it's not wrong to spend on yourself!" "Never apologise for how you treat yourself!" "You deserve the best life to offer!" "You were made for this luxurious life!" "If you don't spend on yourself, WHO WILL?!" Yes! we are all guilty of waving one of these flags to satisfy our selfish reasons for loving the things of the world. Even I have in one time or another persuaded myself to splurge on things I really didn't need. There is a command from God saying "DO NOT love the world's goods..." Now don't get me wrong. It's not a sin to rock the finer things here and there, but it's a thin line between having yourself wrapped up in them and them remaining subordinate to you, and under your control. 

We get so absorbed in the labels, and the price tags (and some will even settle for the knock offs just to keep up appearances), but to what end? Why isn't it okay to be yourself anymore? Who gave us a finish line that we have to sprint up to beside the world? Last week, my heart was broken in a million pieces when I listened to missionaries and widows testify about how N5,000 a month (about $30) made a difference in their lives. They were over the moon excited about having their basic needs taken care of. Then on the other side of the grass, there we find our category. The category that spends without thinking. The category that screams NO NEW FRIENDS and YOU CAN'T SIT WITH US (let me find out: who are "we?" and why can't I sit with you? Oh! Okay...)  as if it's something to be proud of. The category that gives the spare change at offering and can't be bothered to tithe--after all, these pastors are going to spend our money. The category that loves God with our lips but there really is no evidence in the lives around us. 

When was the last time you bought a homeless person lunch? When was the last time you even took a friend out and paid the bill? when was the last time your neighbour mattered more than yourself? When last did you care for those that can do nothing for you? When last did you practice pure and undefiled religion? "Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world." James 1:27. 

I'm not here to point fingers at all. In fact, this is a note to self. This is an internal dialogue that I am sharing.  We must become uncomfortable with living a certain kind of life. It shouldn't be "normal" to waste money unnecessarily. We must think about cost-effective options of doing things. We must be good custodians of the little God has given us. We ought to have simple hearts that are just fine having what we are given in the moment, and trusting that when God blesses us, the glory will go back to Him. We must no longer lose sleep over trying to appear important before this world. 

This is a call to have eyes that are open to those around us. That we may become sensitive to the needs around us, and start to lose sleep over the plight of those in lesser privileged positions. This is a call to silence our selfishness and feeling that we're "all-that." This is a charge to really put our money where our mouths are. To be like Christ. To be people-persons. To be #TeamNewFriends and #YouCanSitWithUs. That we will indeed be leaders of positive causes, and not followers of ignorance. Will we love the world or love God? We can't love both equally so where's your allegiance? Hold my hand, and I'll hold yours. There's more to life than your world. It's not all about you. I promise! 

You are beauty-FULL! Believe nothing else. I love you & only mean well. 

Favor O.

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