Christmastime – or as the broader culture likes to call it, “the holiday season” – can tragically be one of the most materialistic and self-focused seasons of the year! And Christ-followers can be swept into cultural vortex and find themselves abandoning or compromising their values. I do not want to be a spiritual casualty of the season!
So when I read these words this morning during “coffee with the Lord” I was grateful for the reminder they provide (I’ve chosen to provide them in the words of the Message paraphrase)…
“Don’t love the world’s ways! Don’t love the world’s goods! Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father! It just isolates you from Him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity!” (1 John 2:15–17 The Message)
Help me Lord to maintain a Christ-centered – eternal values focused – perspective!