Where Is Your Place in the World? (3)
When it comes to determining where your place is in this world, you need to consider how you respond to the world. You can (1) Relax and conform in speech, attitude, and conduct; (2) Be a two character person, talking and acting like the world when the world gets together, then talking and acting like church-going people do when the church gets together; (3) Verbally criticize the conditions of the community and discuss how bad it is; or (4) Actively serve God by practicing pure and undefiled religion.
Rather than letting the world push and force its way into his life and his family’s life, Joshua said, “As for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah” (Joshua 24:15). Those are serious words. They were not just empty expressions of concern. Those words were followed by action. Where is your courage when it comes to making an honorable decision like Joshua not to let the world pull you away from where God wants you to be?
The prodigal son surveyed the conditions of the community where he moved (Luke 15:11-16), and relaxed his values and compromised with everything the world had to offer. The result was life at its lowest, living in a pigpen. He did not criticize everyone for the choices he made. He did not wallow in pity and bemoan his condition. He went home to his father, he place in the world he needed to be (Luke 15:18-24).
You may groan about crime, drugs, filth on TV, guns in school, domestic violence, etc., but your place in this world is to come home to God. Read his instructions from his word on how to live. Obey what he wants you to be, not what the world wants to make of you. Your place in this world is to be a Christian, an example of holiness and righteousness (Ephesians 4:22-24). Do what is right!