Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gazing upon the Cross

Yesterday I briefly touched on what worldliness is but I gave no solution to fighting worldliness. In the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World, C. J. Mahaney gives us the antidote to worldliness:

"Only through the power of the cross of Christ can we successfully resist the seduction of the fallen world. The Savior's death on the cross is what makes possible forgiveness of sin and provideds power to overcome sin. And the cross is the attraction that draws our hearts away from the empty and deadly pleasures of worldliness...Do you want the world to lose its appeal? Then crowd out worldliness by filling your affections with the cross of Christ. Crucify the world as a dead and undesirable thing by meditating on the love of the Savior. Resist the bait of the world by gazing at the wondrous cross. For it is 'the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,' wrote Paul, 'by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world'" (Gal. 6:14).

The gospel is not just for pastors to preach on Sunday or Wednesday night. The gospel is not just for Bible studies or community groups at church. The gospel is for every single aspect of life for the follower of Jesus Christ. We are seduced too much by this world because our affections are not upon Calvary. If we draw our hearts, soul, mind and strength to the cross our affections for the world will die but our impact on the world will grow.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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