Our world is such a persuasive place. Everywhere we turn, something or someone is trying to convince us, sell us something, change our opinion, or get us to join them. It can be overwhelming to think for yourself and shut all the battling opinions out. It is even more difficult to seek silence and listen to the Holy Spirit speak truth to power. It is so easy to let the noise overcome us and be brainwashed by the screaming voice of the world.
We must remember to guard our hearts and minds against the ungodly influences of the world. We must live in the world, but not be of the world. We must participate in community, be guiding lights in the world, be advocates, protectors, protesters, empathizers, and defenders; but God should always be our guideline, our moral compass, and our biggest influence.
It is not God’s desire for us to be hermits who are oblivious to what is going on. Knowledge is power. Yeshua (Jesus) told us in Matthew 10:16, “"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” We are know the street, but not be in the street! We are to be social activist, spiritual leaders, economic powers, and simply extraordinary people to be around. People should be drawn to the light within us and we should always walk among all people, regardless of their cultural or socioeconomic lot in life, so that light can be seen.
Romans 12:2 which tell us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Conformity to the world deteriorates the soul. Death is its only reward. Our minds must be locked on God so that we can discern the will of God in our lives. This will prevent confusion and feeling hopelessly lost. For our purpose on this earth is to live an abundant life that is obedient to the will of God.
Love hard and live free!