How Are Your Bilge Pumps Working?

On the 8th April, I spoke about how we, as Christians, are called to live Counter-Culturally.

The question to be considered was: Are we influencing the world around us? Or, are we influenced by the world around us?

To illustrate this concept, I read an excerpt from Charles Swindoll's book: The Church Awakening. In it, he relates the story of J Wilbur Chapman, an evangelist and pastor of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Pastor Chapman observed:

"It is not the ship in the water but the water in the ship that sinks it. So it's not the Christian in the world, but the world in the Christian that constitutes the danger."

What a wonderful insight by Pastor Chapman.

We live in this world, yet as the Bible states, we do not belong to this world. We belong to the Kingdom of God. As believers in Jesus, our home is in heaven, but our temporary residence is here on planet earth. How much of our world has seeped into our lives at the expense of the Kingdom of God? What steps do we take to keep our "bilges" as dry as possible?

Pumping out the influence of the world doesn't happen by default. It takes deliberate action on our part to identify where our thinking and/or actions are more aligned to the ways of the world than God's ways. And then take steps to realign to God's way.

So, prime your pumps! Get them working!

God bless,

Tim Connelly

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