No matter who you are, everyone has a desire to be accepted by others. This craving for acceptance causes many to react differently around their peers. At some point the desire to be cool trumps doing the right thing. If this behavior persists, there is little room for Jesus to co-exist. Therefore, sooner or later you have to decide between being cool or following Christ.
“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? – Matthew 15:16-17
In the past week, conviction was awakened me from a dead and dying soul. What I have discovered from the Holy Spirit is that I care more about being cool than living out my faith. In the passage above, the disciples had become dull, numbed by worldly influences. Today, these temptations are greater than ever, successfully distracting many from practicing character, integrity and godly principles.
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them, Matthew 15:18.
According to Jesus, the heart is the core of this matter. While Pharisees and religious leaders believed eating food without washing your hands made people unclean, Jesus corrects their flawed thinking. King Solomon referred to the heart as the well spring of life. Those individuals who don’t guard their heart, allow coolness and the sinful nature to reign, taking over. Thus, unless you begin to purge yourself by beginning to keep in step with the Holy Spirit, transformation will not occur. May this blog speak to your heart by replacing the desire to be cool with Christ.
by Jay Mankus