As we grow up, we are given different views on how we are to look at something. For example, our society tells us that in order to be truly beautiful, they must be super skinny, have expensive clothes, and wear tons of make up to cover up the little “flaws” that are on her face. Or maybe you learned that if a cashier at the grocery store is in a bad mood and gives you a bad attitude when they ring you out, then you should give the same attitude right back.
You see what I mean? We learn these world views, these paradigms, these concepts that we think we are supposed to live by because it is was the society tells us is right.
I want to challenge that for a minute. Let’s look at the Book of Mark,
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” – Mark 8.34
We are told that if we truly want to follow Jesus than we need to deny ourselves. In other words, we need to drop all the things that are of the world. We need to get rid of the things that are causing us to live a sinful life. Then, we can truly follow Jesus.
Now there’s something about this concept that I think many of us misunderstand. We need to drop EVERYTHING. We do not have the option of just picking and choosing what we want to get rid of. We must deny ourselves and pick up the cross.
This also means that we need to get rid of these views that we think are right because the world tells us they are. Instead of believing what the world is telling us, we need to be in-tune with the Bible and know what God says we should think.
It’s not going to be easy to just drop the lens that we once looked at as true and lived by, but when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts it is a lot easier than trying to do it on our own.
It’s a matter of dropping what we think is right and picking up what Jesus tells us is right. It’s a matter of forgetting that society says if the cashier at the store gives you a bad attitude you give one back, but instead you show them the love of Christ because that’s what Jesus would do.
Take a minute and ask God to help you look through the lens of Christ, not the lens of the world.