Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)
Go With The Flow – NOT!
It is completely surprising how songs we learned as children have shaped our society. They are so engrained in us they influence our thoughts on a subconscious level. “Row, row, row your boat…” what are those next words? “Gently down the stream…” Right now you may be thinking, “Pastor, you’ve just lost your mind.” But, I challenge you to look around and notice the level of complacency in the world today. Is it because we have a deeply seated acceptance of the status quo?
How many times have you been told, “Look – Just don’t make waves?” Or perhaps you’ve heard, “Just go with the flow!” Either of these is telling us in no uncertain terms, “Row our boats with as little effort as possible, gently DOWN the stream.” The sad reality, “Life is NOT a Dream” comes crashing in around us as we rush over the waterfall and collide with the rocks and churning tempest below.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (KJV)
The promises of God’s blessing are not given to those who choose to “go with the flow.” The blessings God lavishes upon His people are for those who travel the path of righteousness. Every day of our lives we make choices that draw us closer to God or drive us farther from Him. We do not have to be born a genius to recognize the downward spiral this world is taking. All we need to do is wake up, open our eyes, and change direction.
Stop rowing gently down the stream – Start pressing on the upward way! “Lord plant my feet on higher ground” should be our prayer. It is time to put childish patterns of thought behind us. It is time to realize life is not a dream it is a gift from God. All God’s gifts, life included, are to be cherished and used for His glory.
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (KJV)
Romans 15:2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. (NIV)
Please don’t choose the easy path. Keep rowing against the current. Remember we will be rewarded if we do not give up. The end is vastly more important than the beginning.
Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (NASB)
The “golden rule” will always point us onto the path of righteousness. So, there are some good things we learned in childhood. Exercise discernment and allow God to determine which things to keep and which to release as we travel Heavenward.