Sober Up, Live Clean! (Part 2)

Something about not drinking to get drunk, abstaining from sex, staying away from the gossip of the day or refraining from profanity turns people off because they don’t want to be “boring.” We all want to live a life that is filled with excitement and stimulating delight. There is nothing wrong with that. But it seems people have forgotten that things like zip-lining and sports, game nights, salsa dancing, concerts, carnivals, going to the movies and countless other clean activities are nowhere near boring. There are plenty of ways to have fun other than always gravitating towards obscene behaviors. You don’t have to be a hermit to be a Christian, but you can’t live loosely either AND be a Christian also (Rom. 6:18).
God wants us to enjoy life (1 Tim. 6:17), but living in constant sin is not the way to get there. Sin’s job is to keep us separated from God and our purpose (Isa. 59:2). Sin locks us in its addictive grip and into a lifestyle that only seeks to pleasure oneself, never considering anyone else (Phil. 2:3-4). God wants us to live purpose-filled every day (John 15:16, Phil. 2:13). Before Jesus went to the cross, He told His disciples that they will be able to perform the works of power that He had done … and greater (John 14:12-14). Keep in mind, Jesus fed the hungry, healed the sick, raised the dead and numerous other miracles. In addition to the aforementioned leisure activities, Christians have Jesus’ power too? Wow! That kind of life doesn’t sound boring at all.
The biggest difference between a clean life and the “everyone else” kind of life is that your existence makes a difference in the lives of others. People who live a God-centered life live in such a way that the world would actually be worse off if they had not been born. It is not arrogance. It’s simply the truth. God is the most purposeful being ever, which means, He created each of us for a specific purpose (2 Tim. 2:20-21). That purpose does not include fading into the background. Unfortunately, that is exactly what most people have chosen to do. But I say, “Dare to be different.” You are NOT like everyone else!

Kirby N. McKinney


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