2 Corinthians 6:14-18 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
The doctrine of separation is one of necessity and performed because of command.
To mix one drop of arsenic into a glass of pure water is deadly to drink. To allow bits of the world to taint our soul and our spirit becomes dead in the end. Much of history bears this out and can be for us, a valuable lesson.
Yet, we are drawn to it. Others justify it – how can we relate to others when we, ourselves are so foreign to it? I hear statements that we can be so heavenly minded, we are no earthly good. Still, we must be in the world but not of the world. Our enemy, the devil, has had millennia to prepare and hone his battle against God. He has studied us to know just what it is that he can dangle before our eyes to draw us away.
The hymn, “The Heavenly Vision” or better known as “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” was written by Helen Lemmel in 1922. In it states:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus.
Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim.
in the light of His glory and grace
Often, where we find ourselves looking is what our meditation becomes over time. I have caught myself ‘binging’ on a series of shows or book trilogies only to seemingly come up for air and realize the amount of time could have been better spent on something far more productive.
We could argue the balance and importance of work and play, ministry and family, spiritual and secular; but the whole undercurrent lies in this:
“Who am I living to please?’
If myself, then I can live entirely unrestrained in my appetites – anything and everything are on the docket for consideration.
But if I live in light of Who it is that owns this vessel, then, the decision isn’t mine to make. I would be grabbing possession to please myself every time my choices would oppose those God designed for me; decided for me – before the foundation of the world.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
As I begin my weekend, there is a blanket of new-fallen snow, a chill in the air and activities galore in which to take part. My spirit longs for spring and a release from the dreariness of winter.
But I can look and see the snow that represents the cleanness of my soul and meditate on the goodness of my salvation; the marvelous gift I have been given and my responsibility to live my life seemingly in debt to the One who paid the price.
It is my choice… and yours as well.