The world shouts at us to look a certain way, dress a certain way, make a certain amount of money, eat a certain diet, drive a certain car and on an on it goes where it stops no one knows. I believe this is what Paul was talking about when he said, “Do not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Phillips New Testament in modern English says it this way “Do not let the world squeeze you into its mold.” That is exactly what it attempts to do every second of the day too.
When you’re standing in line at the grocery patiently waiting for your turn just look at the magazines they have displayed. They will have one with the swimsuit model or the buff guy; you know the one, that guy with muscles that has muscles. Another one might have a super expensive car on the cover or maybe one covered in dollar signs telling you how much you’re going to need if you want to be successful. It’s all a lie designed to get us looking to the external rather than the internal.
According to the scriptures God defines success in a way unknown to the world. He tells us to be content with what we’ve got, seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you. The world tells us pursuing those things are the goal, but God says they are only a by product. The body, car, house and fame cannot bring real happiness. In fact Jesus told us “Happy or (blessed) are the poor in spirit, them that mourn, the meek, the hungry, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemaker and them that are persecuted for righteousness sake.”
You see Jesus understood something the world cannot and that is we can’t take any of these temporal things like looks and fame into eternity with us. Jesus always focused on the root of the issue. He knows if we can ever get our eyes opened to see the invisible by faith it will completely transform our value system. As this change within takes place priorities begin to be shifted around and what seemed so important before will be seen for what it really is, a counterfeit.
Helen H. Lemmel once wrote,
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Written by Louie