The Weight of the World

Perhaps it is the dreariness of the last few days. Where I live, it has been overcast for the past few days and it seems to reflect in the people I meet going about my daily business. I wonder to myself as many pass me by with grimaced faces, not wanting to even make eye contact, is life that bad for them? Further, I have to believe that it is likely some of these I see are Christians.

It made me think about priorities. Are we so focused on the weight of our trials in this life that we forget about the promise we have been given through our relationship with Christ Jesus? And if we were to focus on our eternal life rather than the doldrums of this life, would we still walk around in a gloomy state?

Granted, we’re all human, and I know I have my own moments of challenges, so perhaps I’m reading too much into my recent experiences. But it did cause me to pause and reflect on my own priorities: How much time do I spend thinking about God and His promise to me versus the dealings of this world?

Scripture certainly is not silent regarding how we should be prioritizing our life.

In Titus 2:11-12, we are reminded to let go of our worldly passions and focus on living godly lives in remembrance of the grace we have received. Paul was extremely clear regarding conforming to this world (Romans 12:2). In John’s 1st Epistle, he distinguishes those who love the world and those who love the Father (1 John 2:15-16). James decrees that friendship with the world makes one an enemy of God (James 4:4). Jesus reminded his followers in Mark 8:36, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

These verses remind us that this world is not our home and that we should seek His kingdom over the kingdoms established by men on this earth (Matthew 6:33). Nothing in our worldly lives should take precedence over our relationship with God. And if that is truly how we feel, would we still walk around gloomy?

God loves this world because He created it. He loves us because we are His children. He wants us to focus on Him so we can know him and through His Son, Jesus Christ, have eternal life (John 3:16).

If you are a child of God bought by the blood of Jesus, we should learn to remind ourselves of this whenever the trials of life—the gloominess of the day—get us down. Knowing we are in the Book of Life should cause every day to be a celebration so much so that we become infectious to those around us.

Let your light shine on even the gloomiest days, let it shine bright enough that perhaps some unbelieving soul that crosses your path asks you why you are so happy.

Then tell them why.