If you had to describe your generation in one word, what would it be?
Now that you’ve thought of that word, think about the younger generations under you. How would you describe them?
I look around me today, and all I see is a bunch of “stuff” that is really not good “stuff” when it comes to my generation and the lifestyles of the generations behind me.
People are trying to level up by taking part in things that ultimately leave them hurting, dissatisfied, and broken. Instead of reaching higher, people are actually breaking themselves down.
Instead of looking towards eternal things that will bring eternal satisfaction, we are endlessly grasping for temporary things that only satisfy temporarily until we go grasping for more, trying anything and everything in order to be just a little happier, a little greater, and a little wealthier.
If this is what you see too in the generations around the world, I hope your heart breaks just as much as mine does.
Last semester, I had the privilege of playing the keys in my school’s chapel band. Due to busyness with five college classes and much more, I decided to step down for the second semester of this current school year. By playing in the band, I was able to look out in the crowd to see the reaction of the student body, and today I was able to experience chapel by sitting with everyone in the crowd instead of being on stage.
It broke my heart looking around and thinking about the spiritual level of my school to the point I wanted to burst in tears.
I feel like all around the world today, people my age and younger have grown and are continuing to grow colder toward Christianity while all the more growing a fire inside of them for the things of this world. It has been a progression that has gone on for years and is becoming more prevalent today than ever before.
The problem is that Satan is wanting to do everything in his power to get people to follow after the things of this world instead of living for God. This life is not a fight between the the fleshes. It’s more than that. We are fighting with realms that we cannot see, and you may think I’m crazy for saying that, but it’s what I believe is true. (Ephesians 6:12 – “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”)
People will do anything they can to fit in. They want to make poor choices now, thinking that later on they will make up for it by doing good. There are so many people who want to live in the moment, and their choices result in tragedy very often. Drunk drivers get in car accidents. Smokers end up with lung cancer. People who result to drugs end up over-dosing.
We want control, and we want everything that we can possibly lay our hands on in order to be cool and accepted and valued.
Have you ever heard of a person being miserable by following after Jesus?
No, but even though following Jesus makes life greater, Christians still struggle. The difference is they have an eternal hope and joy inside that gets them through the difficulties of life. Christians have an abundance of satisfaction inside of them when they rest under the wings of God.
Life isn’t an outward thing. It’s an inside-out reality. Our outward lifestyles reflect our inward circumstances, and even though you can cover up every little detail that you don’t want people to see, eventually your true self will come out.
My prayer is that Christians will stop trying to fit in and stop trying to justify themselves by making excuses for their sins. My longing is that my brothers and sisters in Christ will take a stand for their faith, forgetting about what other people think and trusting that through Jesus, they will find a community of believers that will walk closer with them than the community of people they involved themselves with before. Following Jesus isn’t easy, but by putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6), we will protected from things that try to steer us away from the road less traveled.
Lastly, my challenge for those who are of this world is that they would wake up and realize that what they are doing is only bringing them lower and lower in life. That money, success, fame, popularity, sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. will not get them anywhere in life but to a place of longing and yearning for more temporary things that will muster up a craving that never dies out until they turn to Jesus and hand everything over for satisfaction and so much more in return.
Instead of “leveling up” in this world, let’s level up in Christ by doing what is right, honoring, and pleasing to Him for the sake of living an eternal life that will leave nothing but the goodness of God inside of us forever.
Read Colossians 3:5-17