Is it possible to live in a such way that the values of this world no longer mean a thing to us? That’s the question I was thinking about during a recent personal bible study. I was reading about Daniel’s three friends who refused to bow down and worship the golden statue knowing their sentence would be death in a burning furnace (Daniel 3). I’m not saying that to be really spiritual, one has to stop praying about getting a job, succeeding in school, or getting married. What I mean is to come to a level where you can live at peace even in the absence of these things. Daniel’s friends were at peace forgoing the king’s accolade for the sake of God.
The world values honor, glory, wealth, trophies, numbers, and achievements in order to give consideration to a person. People are more likely to pay attention to a Youtube video that has 100K views compared to one that only has 100. We have a greater respect for a doctorate degree holder than a taxi driver. In the African community, they think suspiciously of an unmarried adult woman and appreciably of a married adult one. Yet, when we read the Bible, the characteristics of the individuals who obtained the favor of God were far from what the world sees as great. Let me give you a few examples.
- Jesus Christ: “A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief… But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” Isaiah 53:3,5
- Paul: “Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep…in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness” 2 Corinthians 11:25,27
- Moses: “It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward” Hebrews 11:24-26
From the above characteristics, we can clearly conclude that these individuals didn’t cherish the things this world values. They were more preoccupied to live for God’s glory and accomplish His will. Consequently, God blessed and elevated them. The reason why many of us are frustrated, embarrassed, angry, depressed, and unhappy is because our eyes are still coveting the things of the world. We appreciate the opinions of men more than God’s; we hold on to our pride and ego.
God’s grace and favor will never rest on the proud, 1 Peter 5:5-6 says “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor.”
Is it possible to live in a such way that the values of this world no longer mean a thing to us? Absolutely, because we have biblical examples to prove it. However, the most important question is: Are we willing to walk that route?