Distracted from Real Life

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 10.37.28 AMI’m gonna say it.

Google Glass freaks me out. The whole concept is weird. You want me to put on glasses so I can ignore my present reality to see other things on a computer screen that are secondary to my current reality?

Um… WHY?

Wouldn’t that distract me from people I’ve chosen to currently be with? Wouldn’t my focus be divided, and “real” life pass me by?

Believe it or not Christian do this all the time with our salvation.
We miss it.
We get distracted from it.
Or, we just flat out ignore it.

I know what you’re thinking, “What is she talking about? I know I’m saved…”
Of course you do.  But, do you live like it everyday?

Modern society is rooted in the Greek culture, and there is lots of good to come from that. However, the flip side is we tend to see the world as basically… evil.

The spirit in which the Bible was written is different. It comes from a Hebraic culture that sees the positive, and gives human life great value. Creation is viewed as beautiful and pure.

Greeks think of “me”, whereas Hebrew thought sees things communally as “us”. Do you know most of the “you’s” in the Bible are plural, and not singular? Yet since we read the Bible through a Greek mindset, we personalize it to “me”, and thus sometimes avoid having to play nice with others. This is not good for the unity of believers.

Greeks see knowledge, power, and prominence as the key to life, where as Hebraic thought tells us it found in relationships. Greeks have a linear viewpoint, but the Hebraic concept is more circular and sees things from several angles.

Hebraic thought is a much gentler way to view the world.

Modern Christians focus on salvation as something to be experienced after death. This is also based on Greek patterns. We are taught to live a God-fearing life, and when we die we will be with Jesus forever.

I hate to tell you this, but that mindset is really flawed.

Once we have Jesus in our hearts, salvation and our new eternity begins.

Eternity is now.
Salvation is now.
Victory is now.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest placeand gave him the name that is above every name,that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:9-13

When we understand eternity begins on this earth, faith becomes more of a priority. Salvation is not a future reward, it is something to be experienced every day. Salvation doesn’t just save you from hell, it can help save you from bad choices, bad relationships, and a bad outlook on life. Salvation, and eternity are now.

John 17:3 says, Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Eternal life is knowing God. It is deepening that relationship. Stop getting distracted from what is really important. God wants you to live NOW. He wants you to love NOW. And he wants you to know, salvation is NOW.

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