Clear eyes – I am what I watch. I am what I do.
“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
It’s about the time we have – the limited time we have. Believe it or not, you don’t have much time left in this life. Time flies. January is gone. Your kids will be out of the house before you know it. Time is precious and we cannot slow it down.
We’ve talked before about the iPhone, social media, 24-hour news and how much time they are consuming in us. It goes deeper than this – it is this push for more, more, more and go, go, go that our culture feeds on. I remind you that Dallas Willard said,
“Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life.”
John Mark Comer said this …
“We live in a culture that wants to breakdown all our limitations so we can cheat time itself. That we can read every book, eat at every cool new place, take every amazing trip, watch every movie, watch all 8 seasons of every Netflix series, rise to the top of every field…
No. That’s the defining narrative of “seize the day”, it’s the defining narrative of America – it is not the defining narrative of a follower of Jesus. You are made in the image of God. You are dust. You’re a human being. You have limitations, you’re not God. You were never supposed to be and one of the limitations we all share is 24 hours in a day. Nobody gets more time than that. Therefore, you must live each day deliberately.”
We come home from work, take our son to ball practice, come back home to eat, help with homework, etc. You’ve got – maybe – one hour. Maybe. I’m an empty nester and maybe I’ve got 3 hours. Regardless, the question we must ask is how will we spend that time? If every night is 1-2 hours of mindless TV or staring at my iPhone and I repeat that pattern every night — if the 6-10 hours a week I have for something … is being spent on … nothing — where am I going? What’s the fruit of this going to be?
If I repeat this week after week, month after month, year after year, let me ask you, will I become more like Jesus or will I gradually morph into this world? Honest question for all of us — am I more and more becoming like this world? The Roman’s verse warns us of not being conformed to the world.
Facebook, texting, twitter, scrolling YouTube videos, ESPN app? Pornography? Mindless television? What are you watching? Seriously?
Are you going to conformed by this world – or – will you be transformed by Jesus?
Time. How are you investing your time?
Jesus told His disciples (Mark 6:31) – “come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest a while.” That’s one path – investing my time with Jesus = silence and solitude, reading the Word, sabbath, listening to worship music, reading Eldredge or John Ortberg or Dallas Willard = feeding our soul … or … we can get on Twitter and argue with someone. Scroll Instagram. Watch a Netflix series. Doing something, anything, to fill our time and numb our senses. Which is crazy because we have so little free time available.
“Today, a number of historical circumstances are blindly flowing together accidentally conspiring to produce a climate within which it is difficult not just to think about God or pray but simply to have any interior depth whatsoever. We are distracting ourselves into spiritual oblivion. Pathological busyness, distraction and restlessness are major blocks to our spiritual life.” Ronald Rolheiser
I remind you – it is totally on us to create the habitat where our souls can thrive. The world is not going to help you with this – the world could care less about your soul … if it even believes we have souls.
If you’ve only got an hour or two at night, what will nourish your soul?
How you spend your time – specifically your limited free time – goes a long way in determining what kind of man you will become. I am what I do. You are what you watch. Don’t kid yourself men, you are what you choose to watch.
Let me say something about television. I’m speaking to myself probably more than I’m speaking to you. Watching shows is one of the most passive forms of thinking, which makes it one of the most powerful. Because we’re not engaged in active thinking, we allow any number of morally suspect thoughts to enter our mind unhindered. These thoughts immediately get comfortable in their new home – they start settling in and hanging drapes.
To say this is a cunning move by our adversary is an understatement. Under the disguise of entertainment, evil thoughts often move into our minds and entrench themselves unopposed. We invite them in.
John Piper talks about this. He’s got my attention and I really want you pay attention to this. The thing about the edgy TV, the raunchy humor, the sex scenes, the loose aggressive women who seem to love sex , the violence, the drugs … you know what I’m talking about. This stuff is everywhere all the time and we are watching it and we are numb to it.
Why? Why are we doing this? The bottom line of “why?” is because I like it. I enjoy it. The sin itself isn’t the issue – it is that I’m enjoying the sin. If you want to dig deeper, read this from Piper… Scan0033