“The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said, ‘Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear.’” — Isaiah 8:11-13
Our world has grown weary of “cookie-cutter Christianity!” It has its own ideas about what Christianity ought to be like. The funny thing is, when a person conforms to what the world thinks and wants, the world no longer respects or values that person’s life or stance.
Paul warned the Roman Christians, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think…” (Romans 12:2). What he was saying, basically, is don’t let the crowd control you.
In Isaiah 8:11-13 God warns the Israelites about fear and about being and thinking like everyone else. In our day, I see many Christians who are afraid. We’re afraid that if we live “all out for God” that life will get out of control. Our daily routines may streak into the sky like a comet, beyond our control, outside our comfort zone. We want to live passionately, but we don’t want to appear insane! We want to plunge in, but we don’t want to drown.
So there we stand, because of “crowd control,” glued to the dock, gazing wistfully at the water and dipping in a toe every now and then, imagining what it must be like to swim. Something, we know, has to happen. It’s called a leap of faith, and there’s no such thing as a halfway leap. At some point we have to leave the ground, soar into the sky, and give ourselves to the living waters of God’s boundless provision.
Will you trust God to be waiting for you, hands outstretched? Are you willing to move forward into the thrill of His future without a backward glance to the drudgery of the past? Jesus spoke of taking your hand off the plow and following—now—wherever He leads (see Luke 9:62). To find the life you seek, you must seek His life, not the crowd’s, not the world’s!
I will not let the world dictate how I live and think. I will not let the crowd control me. I was created to live, not to merely exist! I will not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I will surrender my life to the one who already bought it—Jesus Christ!
Who will control you?