Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. Philippians 3:17-21
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We seem to have a knack today for romanticizing the past. Nowhere is this truer than with the subject of “Pirates.” We identify with the spirit of cutting loose from convention and being free and independent from the dictates of society. We picture ourselves aboard a sturdy sailing vessel on the glorious open seas. And we feel the allure of buried treasure and the thrill of seeking to discover it. In reality, a pirate was a lawless, murderous, thieving low-life with the life span of two or three years at the most. A person who chose a life of piracy practiced every vice imaginable. Life aboard ship was a living hell filled with treachery, filth, disease, and butchery. Pirates were outcasts with nowhere to turn but the open seas and the occasional pirate haven which were concentrated centers of everything despicable and evil in this world.
The life of the “pirate” is the antithesis of the life we are called to in Christ and there is nothing truly compelling about the subject of pirates at all. Perhaps there is no direct danger in romanticizing this subject. However, the danger comes when our propensity to romanticize is carried over to our world today and the evils that are present in it. It is amazing that we as Christians can secretly “treasure” things in this world that are diametrically opposed to the call God has upon our lives.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, it’s true that my life is a mixed life. I do romanticize the worldly things of earth and sometimes it goes beyond just flirting and toying. Forgive me for my worldly entanglements. Forgive me for all of this when all the while I am a citizen of heaven and one who is called to follow a heavenly pattern and treasure only heavenly things. Amen!
Posted on Mon, July 10, 2017
by Ken Hart