Replace Vs. take Away

family-2The Action Steps on this website are not just about getting rid of harmful, wasteful, or unnecessary media and entertainment in your life. It is much more than that. It is about fixing your eyes on Jesus and running the race He is calling you to run. With that in mind, be careful to replace vs. take away. It's not just about turning off the TV but putting "on the Lord Jesus Christ"

"But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts." Romans 13:14

It's not just about prying your attention away from worthless pursuits but reconditioning your life to a walk of faith and a "hunger and thirst for righteousness".

I have often heard things like this... "but if I'm not on Facebook three hours every night then what am I going to do with myself?" That may sound ridiculous but there are so many people that have conditioned their lives to constant stimulation from entertainment and media that they don't know what to do with themselves if they were to turn it all off.

What are some things you have been neglecting in your life that are spiritually, physically, or mentally beneficial? It is likely that these are going to be hard things to make good habits of. Why? Because you've been conditioned to a lifestyle of convenience and instant gratification rather than the hard work and waiting to develop more beneficial things in your life. The late preacher A.W. Tozer once said, "we are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God". Yet how many have answered that call?

If we were honest we would have to admit that we are not preoccupied with Christ but preoccupied with the things of the world. A preoccupation with Christ doesn't come about by accident. It is not as if you are wandering around in the dark once night and you accidentally stumble into a pit called "a preoccupation with Christ". It's just the opposite. It is like trying to climb Mt. Everest.

There are some obsessed people who climb or want to climb Mt. Everest. It's not something that happens overnight. It takes a lot of time and preparation and a large amount of money on top of it. One of the biggest obstacles though is the limitations of the body. The climbers have to spend a couple weeks at base camp to allow their bodies to acclimatize to the high altitude and the low oxygen levels. The local Sherpas who were born and raised in that region have unique physical qualities that allow them to be better suited to the climate and altitude. Their heart and lungs are adapted to give their bodies more oxygen than the average foreigner can gain without bottled oxygen.

Likewise, if you want to grow in passion for Jesus and live a life that's different than what you are living now, it will take time to "acclimatize" to a new surrounding. Part of that adaptation that you need will come about by spending more time in God's word and spending more time in prayer. That is the "base camp" for the spiritual life of a Christian.

What are some other things you may be neglecting? Do you make it a habit to attend church and corporate prayer each week? Do you attend Bible studies and make it a priority to gather with other believers who are more mature in their faith than you are? Do you use your gifts, talents, time and treasure to serve the church and other ministry opportunities that reach out to the lost world?

This list could continue but I think you get the point. Replace vs. take away.