A Meditation: On Exodus 23:33 // Forsake The World //
by Matheus Yuhlung
They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.” – Exodus 23:33
As believers our lifestyles shouldn’t make sense to the unbelieving souls. Christ nor His prophets and apostles were ever understood or loved by the world; because as David Pierce wrote
“the Gospel is confrontational. It is both foolish and offensive and do not be disheartened by it because […] when you set high standards, you don’t lose credibility with the world, you gain it”.[i]
Be not afraid. Forsake the life that you once lived as a sinner. Forsake those friends. Forsake those roads you once used to walk. Forsake that old language. Forsake that old thinking. Forsake even your past choices of entertainment and when it gets too hard remember what Christ asked Peter do you love me more than these?[ii]
We need to consider the propensity of the sinful heart to make idols; we cannot let anything of this wicked world to even come near the proximity of our souls. Least, it’ll make idols of it and draws us away from God.
And while we are meditating on this consider what Charles H Spurgeon says:-
Dream not that worldlings will admire you, or that the more holy and the more Christ-like you are, the more peaceably people will act towards you. They prized not the polished gem, how should they value the jewel in the rough?
Dear Brethrens let us unlearn the ways of this wicked world. Be not afraid to lose their love; when we have the love of the God of gods, the creator of heaven and earth – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – what else do we need more?
[i] Revolutionary – David Pierce
[ii] John 21:15