You Are Filled With What You Are Immersed In

I want to circle back around to something I shared this past weekend in the message that is worthy to be repeated and that thought is this: you are filled with what you are immersed in. 

When you consider the culture we currently live in, it is one that rejects truth, seeks to remove God and Christianity from the center and celebrates pleasure as the ultimate pursuit. You can see why we have a generation that faces so much chaos and crisis. 

Second Timothy 4:5 says, “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

Paul gave us four ways to live and navigate our lives in this upside down world. 

The first instruction was that we need to wake up! We have to recognize the times in which we live. There is a real enemy that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy and is leading many away from the truth. 

The second thing he says to do is to persevere. Holding true to your convictions has a cost and becomes more and more costly each and every day. Paul says to remain steadfast and resist the temptation to let go of truth. 

Number three: Paul says to preach the gospel. Keep the main thing the main thing. The message is Jesus. We are to seek and save the lost. We need to be unwavering in truth and unconditional in our love.

Number four: we are to serve one another. Paul said to make sure you fulfill your ministry. That means look for practical ways to show genuine love to a lost and dying world around us. That is sound advice for living in turbulent times. 

Remember, we are filled with what we immerse ourselves in. 

I want to take a moment to speak to our parents, grandparents and any of us that are raising kids in this upside world. Jenna and I share your concern and recognize the importance of equipping our children with truth, teaching them truth, helping them understand what truth really is and how to recognize it. 

Next week marks the beginning of a brand new school year. I encourage you to set aside time this week to have a conversation with your kids and equip them with these four instructions from Paul. We will also take time in our service to pray over our students and educators. 

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!