BY JOSEPH BRAZIL
After all, who could blame us? Everything we need to live can be easily found at a grocery store. For generations now, Americans have gotten used to having the life’s provisions delivered to our homes or found within easy grasp. Our civilization has advanced to a stage where we’re no longer required to hunt or gather tonight’s dinner, or to leave a guard on watch while our family sleeps. Presently, the vast majority of Americans live in what we could probably agree upon as a privileged society.
But with privilege comes complacency. And complacency turns priorities inward.
Here’s a light-hearted example. Take a look at these household items and see if you can identify the common bond:
iPhone. iPad. (the now defunct) MySpace. YouTube. And—heaven help me--selfies.
I think it’s safe to say members of our society have turned their attention upon themselves. Is it wrong to use these services? Absolutely not. I use one or more of these just about every day. Yet there’s more than an ounce of spiritual truth found here. The disciple John frankly expresses where our priorities should be rooted: “He [Christ] must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30)
For those who have been set free through Christ’s redemption, the magnitude of where our priorities rest is magnified. It’s our personal responsibility to daily reflect upon where we devote our time and energy. Paul writes to the church in Galatia, declaring, “For you, brothers were called to freedom. Only do not turn your freedom into opportunity to gratify your flesh, but, through love, make it your habit to serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13)
I once heard a relevant saying, how the grass is always greener on the other side…because it’s fake. Next time you post or tweet, ask yourself is this uplifting others or promoting myself? Am I compelled to paint the picture of my life in a perfect lens so others will accept me?
Today, let’s ask the Lord to help us think less on our well being and more about the duty we own and are called to carry out. Try it for a week. Pray and ask the Lord to retrain your perception for life’s necessities and see what new revelations He brings into your life.
“Turn my heart toward your statutes, and not toward selfish gain.” (Psalm 119:36)
Joseph Brazil is a teacher from eastern New Mexico. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, watching sports, and studying blues guitar. He is a student of history, and likes sharing with his wife in a good period-piece flick. You can find him on Twitter at @blackdog575.