Something that we must keep in mind whenever someone suggests doing something to make our church services more “relevant” or “youth-oriented.” Or whatever seems to be the flavor of the month.

It’s very simple: there are eternal truths. There is one very large eternal Truth, with a capital “T” — Jesus Christ is Lord, and he has overcome the world (John 16:33). He has overcome the world, so that we don’t have to.

But we must live in the world. While we do, here is some time-tested, nay, eternal advice from Paul in his letter to the church at Rome. Romans 12:2:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The world has many temptations; it’s oh so easy to succumb. I have, and do. Just that, now I feel guilty.

Guilt is only a start, brothers and sisters. With God’s help, guilt, not useful by itself, can lead to renewal: stopping the sins before they are even born. How to keep on that path towards renewal?

Let’s all take the a advice that God gave to Joshua, when Joshua, a mere youth, was instructed to take on the mantle that had been Moses’. Joshua 1-9:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Remember this whenever you are tempted by the world, or believe yourself too weak to withstand the temptations.


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