Leaving God to go back to the pleasures of this world, would be the same as leaving a feast for a hot pocket.
Doing so would leave me feeling unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and downright foolish.
Although I regret living a life of sin, I learned an awful lot from it. I learned that I never want to go back there again.
However, sometimes when we see some of the “beautiful” and “successful” people in the “world”, we can develop a jealous eye, and start to feel as if we’ve gotten the short-end of the stick.
In sin, they seem to be prospering, but we may be struggling. They seem to have it all, but we may be trying to survive on rations.
They seem to have everything a person could ever dream of: money, looks, popularity, a great looking and equally rich spouse, and here we are, serving the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, but we have NONE of that.
If we’re not on our guard, those little thoughts and whispers can begin to seep through, and take root in our heart, and make us feel like we’re missing out on something.
Well as the old saying goes, “The grass ain’t always greener on the other side.”
The Bible tells us to not be envious of the wicked. “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.” (Psalm 37:1-2)
Sure, it may look like they ‘have it all’ now, and according to the standards of the world, they might. However, those things will eventually fade away, as they are only temporary.
Money is fickle. Cars break down, and houses are destroyed in the storm. Friends leave, popularity is but for a season, and money-making youth and beauty will one-day fade.
Also, how many times have we read or heard about some of the top and most beloved celebrities, after a lifetime of hard work and achievement, and after winning various awards, they take their own life?
Sadly, too many times, right? In the end it was all for nothing. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36 KJV)
It leads us to wonder what could possibly make such a person, want to end their time here on earth early.
I believe in most cases, it’s because in the midst of all the things that the person may possess, real joy, peace and purpose, are not among them.
These things can only be found in a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.
I Pray for those who are trying to find their way, to be given eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand.
If Your Chains Have Been Broken. Refuse To Go Back.
It took me doing everything that I thought I wanted to do, and obtaining the things that I thought I wanted, to realize that none of it could satisfy me. I was always searching for something else, and hungry for something more.
The old life provided me temporary pleasure for my flesh and momentary satisfactions, but I never knew joy until I gave my life over to Jesus.
The joy, peace, and love that I now have, is not comparable to anything that the world ever gave me, or could ever offer me.
Whenever the enemy tries to tempt me to look back, and I feel my head start to turn in that direction, I quickly slap it back around, and face forward. I remember why I left in the first place, and I know there’s nothing back there for me. I’m where I want to be.
In the same manner that Peter responded to Jesus, in John 6:68, after Jesus asked the twelve disciples if they also wanted to leave, my stance is, “Lord where will I go?” For He has everything that I need.
If we, as lovers and followers of Jesus Christ, are blessed to have an abundant supply of material things, then praise be to God. However, I think that the majority of us don’t fall into that category.
It doesn’t mean that we have gotten the short end of the stick, nor that we are missing out on anything. The way I see it, it only gives us more opportunities to trust God and build our faith, becoming closer to Him in the process.
There is no reason to be envious of the world, for each day we are laying up our incorruptible treasure in Heaven, which we will eventually enjoy for all eternity, with our Savior Jesus Christ.
Therefore, let’s not look across the river with green envious eyes, but let’s always look to God with eyes set upon our Heavenly home that is to come.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”