What’s Your Compass?

We had the opportunity yesterday to talk to a young man who went to school and played tennis with one of our daughters. He runs his own business spraying for mosquitoes and is doing quite well. It has been 6-7 years since we have seen him and as we caught up he began telling us of some decisions he had made and his justifications for making them. From a worldly view, they made perfect sense, but when compared to God’s compass, North became South and East became West! He knows where we stand and I didn’t want to bombard him at the time, but I am praying for an opportunity to get to spend some time and share Jesus with him.
There is a new moral code in our nation, and perhaps even the world today. This moral code has taken morality that was taught from our ancestors, and has changed it to fit the thinking of today. Not that long ago, we were taught that some things were right while others were clearly wrong, and to do wrong, meant to be rebellious, and to do right was having a good moral compass. But the problem became the question, “What is right?” People now want to look within themselves to find out who they are. Surprising, many Christians share that belief, but do we really find ourselves by looking inside? Inside is the place where our standards are stored. The things we want to do, are evaluated against something, either a higher authority, or whatever we deem is acceptable behavior within us.  “What’s right for me!”  The same flows over from what is acceptable sexual expression between two people, and to reach for the stars is the goal of life. The new moral standard is about self-fulfillment, and it permeates our very existence today. We don’t even blink, when we see it in the video games our children are watching, the televisions shows we watch, the music we listen to. All of these venues continue to pave the way for a self-fulfilled society.  But is that what God wants?  Scripture tells us: “For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.” Titus 2:11-14  We must return to the standard of living set forth by God, not by man, for man’s way is a desire for self, while God’s way is a desire for selflessness. God’s standard is given to us for our benefit, yet too many Christians are starting to believe that we can be, and do, what we want to, and still believe in a god that finds that behavior acceptable. History has taught us that way of thinking has always ended in failure, and perhaps we are now on our way to the place and time of redemption, the time when all will bend the knee to acknowledge that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is the Father of Jesus our Lord, our Savior, and His way is the sensible, godly, and true way of life.
Heavenly Father, restore the compass of faith, and righteousness within us. Help us to live by Your standard and not our own. Father, renew this heart, and implant Your Spirit to stand guard against all evil influences that desire to invade our thinking.

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