Part 1… Our Problem is Indulgence
A little bit of experience here and there has framed my thought pattern on this concept of exposure. Growing up for me has helped me see that there are huge life statements we make because of the things we expose ourselves to. They DEFINE us. In the long run, we BECOME what we are exposed to! And that could be “wow!” or ScARy…😱
Young people may not get to understand when the older generation tell them not to listen to this music, see that movie or attend that party until they begin to see the impacts of these things that have come to become scars in their minds!
It’s easy to say “life goes on”, if only it goes on without the scars. Amen?🙋
But then the scars remain, and begin to define our life patterns. We begin to tend towards the things we opened our eyes, ears and hearts to.
Not everyone who steals really wants to be a thief, you know.
Not everyone who is promiscuous really wants to be.
Not everyone who is a porn addict really wants to be one.
But then they made life defining choices. They were exposed to these things that seemed so harmless at first, but have now become life statements. They got caught in a web that was ignorantly woven tight.
I really hope someone reading this understands.
The things we open ourselves to sincerely look benign at first. Reeeaalllly harmless, until you discover it’s difficult to let go.
Our problem is INDULGENCE!
But on the flip side, the solution is still in EXPOSURE!
1 John 3:2 (MSG) “But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him–and in seeing him, become like him”.
As one who has put his trust in Jesus, I understand that your personality, your tendencies are still what they are when you first opened up to Jesus.
You became a child of God, warts and all!
Now we have an opportunity to be better people simple by exposing ourselves to the person of Jesus! As we behold Him in His Word, in our worship, the chains of our tendencies begin to fall off as we become more like Him!
Wow! We expose ourselves to Him, the truth of the gospel, and we are changed!
In one separate process of exposure, our lives were messed up. However, in another superior process of exposure, we are renewed constantly.
Our problem is indulgence
But if I’m permitted, I’ll say our solution is indulgence(!)… Indulging in things of eternal value!