Don’t Be a Product of Your Time

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They want what you have. You want what they have. Most people think they’re missing out on something if they don’t have “it.” “It” can be the new car, house, material possessions, relationship status, a particular socioeconomic status, celebrity, etc. Few believe that God has them exactly where they’re supposed to be with exactly what they are supposed to have for a pre-determined season.

In our society, having the latest gadget says something about you. Not having the gadget also says something about you (usually that you’re behind). If you’re not wearing the finest brand name clothing and accessories, you’re out. But you can’t act and walk like the world and expect to be like Jesus. If you’re not spirit-led, society will happily compel you to become a product of this age. Romans 12:2 clearly instructs Believers “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” So the question remains: Why desire to be “in” with society?

Lust of the eyes, flesh, and the pride of life has caused many people to accept Satan’s lie that “God has forgotten about you.” Instead of waiting on God’s best (the authentic), they lust after the counterfeit paths which appear more promising with presumed quicker rewards. But the counterfeit paths will only bring more emptiness. How can you be spirit-led to receive the authentic and not be a product of the time in which we live? Here are three tips:

1. Don’t allow your thoughts to betray you based on a worldly status. We should not establish our worth and value through society. Society’s standards of what is considered “in” or “valuable” is always being revised. It is in Christ Jesus that our identity is secure. Instead of worrying about what brand name or “who you are wearing,” “rather clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh” (Romans 13:14).

2. Self-control enables God to entrust us with His blessings. If things aren’t progressing on our timetable, we want to advance the outcomes ourselves. Insecurities breed desperation, taking us away from Jesus Christ, in Whom rests our security. Our microwave society tempts us to get what we want right now. God has no problem accomplishing what He wants to do through us or bring to us—we simply have a hard time waiting. It boils down to if we’re flesh-led or Spirit-led. One of the nine fruits of the Spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). More blessings and influence can be entrusted to us if we display self-control and are good stewards of what God brings us. God desires to foster self-control within His People which is a prerequisite for receiving many of His blessings.

3. You are unique. Don’t seek to live someone else’s blueprint. People want to perform like the top singer; they want to have a reality television show like everyone else.  But they substitute that for what they were uniquely created and gifted to do. As proclaimed in Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

 

You were created with unfathomable care, greatness, love and purpose! God has already placed everything within you for you to be successful. It’s a matter of you sowing to your gifts. Don’t seek to live someone else’s blueprint.

Temptations always deliver a poor substitute for the real thing. Our goal is to be Kingdom-minded, Holy Spirit-led and not to be products of this time/age. Thankfully, God has made His Word and His Promises known to those willing to receive it so we can navigate around such deceptions. In Christ Jesus alone rests our true fulfillment.

Nicole D. Hayes is committed to serve as a vessel of compassion, instruction, love, and truth for Jesus Christ. She is the creator of Voices Against the Grain, a bold blog and online radio show designed to help audiences “advance God’s Kingdom in a ‘do your own thing’ society.” Nicole is also co-owner of Pieces of Life, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations consultancy that serves various nonprofits and small businesses. She and her brother operate with a company and personal mantra of “making our investment in people.” You may connect with Nicole on Twitter, Facebook, and at voicesagainstthegrain.com.

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