Paul says in 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.”
As of late, my world has been rocked. I have been kicked in the teeth several times in the last few weeks. I am reading Radical by David Platt and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I am confronted with my own selfishness and what God has designed for the life of every Christian and how that is supposed to fold out in my own life. I have been listening to podcasts by Mark Driscoll, Perry Noble, and Steven Furtick. Again….
What do you do with that?
You are brought to a decision when confronted with the truth of the Bible. I, like most people have been raised in a society and culture that pushes the American Dream. The American dream is not God’s dream. In the Bible, Acts 4 to be exact, the church graciously and joyfully gives their stuff to the church so that no one in the church has need. The American dream is about you and the money that you make and the house that you live in and the stuff that you can get. God’s dream is about sacrificial giving. The American dream is about accumulation. The saying, “He who dies with the most toys wins” does not fit anywhere in biblical context.
The book of James says that our life is a vapor. We are here for a moment and then we are gone. Reevaluate life. Is what we prioritize and place value and importance on really that important?
I want my life to fit into Scripture. I want to be used by God as a potter shapes the clay. Whatever that looks like. Whatever the cost. I want God to use my life as an instrument to accomplish his purposes.
I refuse to be defined by the American dream. As a Christian, our identity is found in Christ. This must resonate deep within us.
The American dream does not call for a living sacrifice. The gospel does.
Be unashamed to live out the gospel. Romans 1:16
Think about it. Ask God how he can use you to accomplish his purposes.