January 14, 2019
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
From Our “Here”…
A 2008 USA Today article, “TSA Allows Ads in Bins Across U.S.,” announced that the Transportation Security Administration would allow airports nationwide to begin selling ads in the plastic bins used to move your shoes, cell phones and loose change through those trusty scanners.
Passengers required to partially disrobe preflight can now place their personal items in a bin that, writer Thomas Frank reports, may very well be sponsored by an online shoe and apparel retailer.
Your shoes look a little dated … why not buy a pair of ours?
According to a 2006 CBSnews.com article, consumers had gone from being exposed to about
500 ads a day in the 1970s to as many as 5,000 a day.
Think about it: You constantly receive messages designed by others to get you to do something for their benefit. Your clock radio awakens you with a sponsor’s jingle. TV ads come with breakfast during the morning news. Billboards line your commute to and from work while your car radio plays more ads. Virtually every product you use is marked with some kind of advertising. If you didn’t DVR your favorite show or sports event, you’ll watch more promotions as you relax in the evening. It’s endless.
…To God’s “There”
If we’re forced to absorb so much unwanted dreck, it can be helpful to dilute and counteract it with high-quality planned material, an intentional diet of beautiful music and art and literature and poetry and sunset gazing and thoughtful conversation and quiet contemplation. The believer who understands that God has created all true beauty will include in that list prayer and Bible study and devotional writings by great minds of the Faith.
As Christ’s followers, we are also called to point others away from the destructive influences of the world and toward the One who is the way, the truth, and the life. When we commit ourselves to sharing the gospel to the ends of the earth, we become even more aware of the pervasive influences that would try to counter that truth. Missionaries soon identify the loudest public voices in the countries where they serve. The messages may emanate from spiritually empty commercial interests or spiritually malevolent false religions and secular philosophies.
Whatever the world may be proclaiming, faithful messengers of the gospel are being empowered by the Holy Spirit to keep speaking out truth above the din. Are you adding your voice to that proclamation?
Making the Leap
You don’t have to shout the gospel from atop a soapbox, either actual or figurative. Your entire life is being designed by God to call out to the lost with the hope of the gospel. All that is needed to maximize that message is your willingness to obey and go wherever He may lead.