God has been pointing out to me lately how often I automatically I do, think, say things, without thinking. How often I allow the systems of this world to dictate to me how to plan and live my life. I have begun to nurture a deep desire to become unhooked from this world.
That is an easy statement to make, but a lot harder to execute. Though we are not of this world, we are still in it. We use its currency, speak its languages, work in its beaurocracies, wear its fashions. Our children are raised to become “vital” parts of the system. A few years ago, maybe three, God said something interesting to me, He told me that my children’s future looks very different from what mine looked like, and that they would have a very different life and should therefore be raised differently.
That is both very exciting and very scary in equal measures, or distinctly either one, depending on how positive or negative your outlook on life is.
The problem I now face is this: we approach life from where we stand, with the experience we have. That is our vantage point. We react from what we know. We raise our children the way we were raised, and if that was a negative experience, then we raise them pertinently differently from the way we were raised. Either way, we prepare our children for what we know they will face. So, if God says that I don’t know what they will face and that I must raise them for something I don’t have experience for, then that leaves me perplexed.
Thankfully I do know this, God loves my children more than I love my children. God knows the beginning from the end. Psalm 139 says, before a word is on my tongue, You know it completely O Lord. God has good plans for my children, Jer 29:11, I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
How then will I prepare my children for a future than I don’t know about? By walking in the Spirit. Only He knows, and only He can tell me the right thing to do. Galatians 5:24-25 And those who are Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
I must crucify my flesh, and walk in the Spirit.
If I don’t silence the world, I won’t hear the Holy Spirit’s gentle voice speaking to me. It is usually contrary to the world. If I am so trapped by the system, my paradigm’s will not allow me to hear and obey His voice. My flesh doesn’t want to trust, it wants to see it to believe it.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
My enemy wants to steal from me, kill me and destroy me. He is the ruler of this world (John 12:31), but Jesus wants to give me life in abundance. 1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.- I don’t want to be under the sway of the wicked one any longer. I want to walk away from strife and anxiety and choose life and peace, joy and love. I love what I found in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Even if it is hard, and I have to go against the stream, I choose life in the Spirit and the peace that comes with that, over going with the flow of the world system coupled with anxiety and strife.