Dazzling Toys with Lights Flashing?

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“I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul!” Toby Mac in his song “Lose My Soul”


Peter says his letter is (verse 1) “To GOD’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout…”  Peter’s letter is about life in the world and touches on our duties in the world.  I think about my duties in the world often, because like Toby Mac says of the things of this world “…life’s demands…chip and they nag and they pull at me.”




I find it oddly reassuring that no matter when we lived, be it 1000BC, or 60 AC, or 2009 AC or sometime in the future we are all challenged by the things of this world and they are similar over time.  Peter says in verse 6 “… now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold… may be proved genuine…”  And that chorus from Toby Mac echoes in the back of my head “I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul!”


Peter goes on in verses 13 - 15 to say “Therefore, prepare your minds for action: be self controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all that you do; for it is written; Be holy, because I am holy.”


This is not a secret to me… living in ignorance.  At least I haven’t found it to be.  For me, it wasn’t an aha moment, or a right of passage, or even an ultimate test.  To this point in my life I am challenged daily, if not hourly by the things of this world.  Toby Mac says he feels like he’s “… a little kid at a three ring circus.”  Wow, do you feel like that at times?  I do!  There’s a ton of stuff going on in front of you and then down the aisle comes cotton candy, drinks, ice cream, dazzling toys with lights flashing and… I want it… I want it for me… I want it for my wife… I want it for my kids… and the chorus line echoes in my head “I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul!”


Again Peter says in verse 13 “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self controlled…”  Toby Mac says “…Yo, before we part from the start, Where’s your heart?”  Everything we have is a gift from GOD! Everything!  So if we prepare our hearts and minds we can, with joy and faith and hope and love, go out into GOD’s world and live!


Precious Father, Loving God, Holy Spirit we pray for your living presence with us today in this world, with me, with my family, with my friends, with every man, woman, and child on this GOD given earth.  We pray that you prepare our hearts and minds for action and set our hope fully on our Creator, Lord, and Savior, Jesus the Christ!  AMEN!


Jim Dietvorst

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1. Kim wrote:
I like your 3-ring circus analogy. It's almost like, when you try to follow Jesus, you add a 4th ring to the circus. There's the cotton candy, and the drinks, and the ice cream and the dazzling toys with flashing lights, and the girl on the high wire, and the lion tamer, and the clowns in the tiny little car.....and then there's Jesus saying, "Look at the flowers of the field. Look at the birds of the air. They don't spend a moment of their lives worrying about all this stuff, yet they are clothed in splendor and always have a place to lay their heads at night."

And what Jesus offers is so much less shiny and flashy than what's going on in the other 3 rings. But so much more real.

Mon, April 27, 2009 @ 10:40 AM

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