I believe it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to faithfully live for Christ in today’s world. On the other hand, it is definitely not impossible to do so. In fact, the Lord will have it no other way for His people than that they live faithfully for Him.
One of the reasons it’s more difficult to faithfully live for Christ today is because of the culture we live in. Consider, for example, the slew of TV programming available through cable TV and satellite dishes. Producers continue to push the envelope in terms of the offensive content that’s piped into our homes through the small screen. The same is true of the silver screen. It is increasingly more difficult to find TV programs and movies suitable for the Christian family. Profanity and sexually explicit scenes abound.
What we see on TV and at the movies is not driving the direction of our society. But they reflect what we have become and where we are going as a society. I am saying that if there were no market for this kind of increasingly trashy content, it would not be produced.
Nevertheless, I want you to know that it doesn’t matter what the moral state of our world is or becomes, we can faithfully live for Christ. In the end, we can have the same testimony that Paul the apostle had when he was nearing the end of his earthly journey: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
As a preacher of the gospel, I have learned an important key to faithfully living for Christ. Much of my time is occupied with preaching, teaching, blogging, podcasting, etc. In fact, to tell you the truth, I think I’m a little too busy at times. It goes without saying that this lifestyle requires that I study the Bible and pray regularly as well. So by default, I spend lots of my time doing the work of the Lord. The benefit is that doing these things makes it easier for me to faithfully live for Christ.
I don’t live in a vacuum. I have a wife and family. I know the challenges of parenting children. I live in the same corrupt world everyone else does. But because—by the help of the Holy Spirit—I stay rooted in the work of the Lord, I am not easily moved by the events of the world around me. I believe that my experience is not the exception but the rule. That is, as we abound in the work of the Lord, the Holy Spirit empowers us to faithfully live for Christ. Furthermore, it is to this end that God has given us the Holy Spirit to live in us and to abide with us forever.
Frank King is pastor of the English-speaking congregation at the Hinesville Korean Full Gospel Church, 758 Tupelo Trail, Hinesville, GA, 31313.