These things I ponder over almost daily. I do this to keep a healthy perspective in a world that keeps melting around it’s edges and running in streams to the river of insanity. Good being called evil, evil is the new normal and the blind view this as right and proper. Especially during this time and season do I need to keep a balanced grip on all the things I know are correct, true, verifiable, and invincible to attack or challenge. The Christmas season is increasingly being stolen from us who hold it dear for remembering the Savior’s birth. He didn’t tell us to remember His birth, but His death and resurrection. But we remember this season also because it reminds us of the joy that He brought with Him when He came the first time, and look forward to His sure return.
And now, with the turning of the times into an upside down world, we who value the true meaning of Christmas must bury it and treasure it and ponder it mainly in our own hearts, personally. We can, and must, still share it with the many others who are doing the same. And that’s what I do. With those around me, my family and friends, all of you in the blogosphere. And even seeking out those unknown, by volunteering the first greeting of “Merry Christmas” upon first meeting. Please don’t suppose, however, my heart is downcast. Quite the opposite! And so, Merry Christmas this Christmas season and God bless all who will receive it! And, as more than one wise person said, Christmas is best kept when we keep it’s true meaning deep in our hearts all year long. -g.w
MY VIEW OF THE WORLD
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:13
What is my view of the world when I know for certain that I have eternal life? What is my attitude to the world in which we are all living, the world as we see it in the newspapers? Is that what interests me? What am I anxious to obtain? Or am I more interested in other things—spiritual things? According to John, Christians are men and women who have come to view the world in an entirely new manner. They see that it is governed by sin. They have come to regard it as a place in which evil forces are at work and whose whole mind is but the working of the spirit of the world. They know that it is something they have to fight, something to withstand, and they realize that unless they do so, they will be defeated by it.
Do I hate the world? A good way of answering is this: The apostle Paul, looking at his surroundings, said, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). In looking at “the things which are seen,” how much time do I spend in thinking about the Lord God? How much do I think about the glory that is with Him? Which do I meditate upon most—the eternal or the worldly?
A Thought to Ponder
How much do I think about the glory that is with God? Which do I meditate upon most—the eternal or the worldly?
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones – long time physician to Queen Elizabeth II of England – Pastor/Preacher/Teacher/Theologian/Physician