Survive or Thrive
There was a time not so long ago when our spiritual faithfulness
was strong and we didn't really have to work to hard at it. Much of our culture respected biblical values. When we stood
up for our faith, we were admired.
Times have changed. People have changed. The Bible is not well read. People
don't respect what they used to respect. Our culture, once very Christian, has become ever increasingly secular.
The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 that people will "no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will
follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will
reject the truth and chase after myths." They will be "boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their
parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred" (2 Timothy 3:2). In addition, they will "say that
evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter" (Isaiah
No, it's not a pretty picture, but is seems to be an accurate one. We live in a culture today that
pressures us to conform to its godless standards - and it sends us its messages relentlessly. As Christians, we're constantly
urged to lighten up and live like the rest of the world. And, ironically, the champions of "tolerance" are often
the ones who least tolerate our Christian lifestyles - or us! All of this causes us to go our own way, do our own thing,
and seek whatever feels good.
Every day we face these challenges - living in this broken world. I think we want
more than just to get over the challenges. We really, down deep inside, want to thrive! Thriving brings the encouragement
we need only found in Christ for the best life we can experience. Thriving allows us to really know God, and to experience
that abundant life that Jesus promises. All this comes from Knowing Christ, something we here at Highlawn have preached
for decades. It starts with your willingness and determination to want something more.
In His Name,