Un9ted Devotional: The World is Enticing by Tiffany

In my senior year, one of our English projects was to write a sermonette. These sermons, about 2-3 pages, were spoken in class then collected into a devotional book. As getting ideas for blogging constantly is difficult, I decided to go through this devotional and write a post about some of the ideas that come up in each of them, with some of my input added.

Tiffany spends her sermonette focusing on Christians, and people in general, are so easily swayed by the ways of the world. People try different things because they can. Christians try different things and different paths that are all pointless. “Engaging in earthly things seems like such a waste of time.” And this is really true. If we are designed to worship God and have relationship with him, then anything else we do is wasteful. If you think about it, it is even more wasteful to invest in temporal things instead of eternal, which is what we do when we focus on the earthly. We so often hear, “everything on earth will pass, but treasures in heaven will last forever.” We become numb to it and look at other things. But we really need to understand that even now the earthly things we invest in are as good as nothing. I’m not saying to not take care of yourself (we are still made to live on earth, it is part of God’s creation, and we do need to partake in the gifts he has given us in nature and man’s creativity), yet we need to make sure we are not wasteful. Tiffany herself claims that she makes such errors, but she realizes that there is s0 much pain and suffering when we don’t follow our true design.

One thing that caught my eye was how she compared Christians to non-Christians. She said

What we as Christians don’t realize, however, is that we are less broken than those people [non-Christians] are because we know that our pleasure does not come from earthly ever-changing things.- Tiffany, United in Christ

Christians often say that we are just like everyone else, except that we are saved. I feel that this is a grave error. We are part of the body of Christ, members of the Church the bride of Christ, we are redeemed and saved. We need to understand the power of being a Christian and that we are truly different. Though still sinners, we are sinners being sanctified, we are saved, we are part of a heavenly kingdom, and we have an eternal destiny of perfection in communion with God and each other. Still, we say, “we are sinners just like you.” Yes we are, and yes we are broken, but we are being repaired. The Christian life on earth has purpose, not just in heaven. Do I think we’re better than other people then? Not in our own selves, but in Christ yes. We are being repaired, but this is not by our own efforts, but by Christ, so that we may not boast for it is Christ who is better than everyone, and we partake in this goodness. It is not that we are better, but that Christ is superiorly better, the best.

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