A World Driven by Pleasure
“Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.” Ezekiel 16:49-50
What does God say the root of Sodom’s sin was? Pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease. What a striking picture of our world today and what an alarming warning.
Many of us are constantly seeking entertainment and pleasure. We look to our iPhones and our computers, we binge watch Netflix, and we are generally indulgent with spending money on ourselves instead of using our resources to help those in need. While God gives us good gifts to enjoy, making fleshly pleasures an idol is not God’s will for His people.
We are called to live in the world but not of the world. We are called to be set apart. So, what does this look like in a world that treasures ease, entertainment, and pleasure more than anything else? Simply put, it requires living by the Spirit instead of by the flesh.
Since your heart is deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), you must not rely on it as a compass. Rather, God’s Word says to mortify the deeds of the body and cling to Jesus, who can transform the desires of your heart to match His. This transformation does not happen automatically or painlessly. We are not born naturally inclined to live according to God’s design. This transformation requires diligence, daily repentance, and constant partaking in the means of grace.
The good news is we have God on our side. And this God set the ultimate example in the person of Jesus. Jesus lived a perfectly righteous, sinless life and died on your behalf. He took the punishment for your sins and clothed you in His righteousness. May we look to Christ and be transformed into His likeness, dying to self and taking up our crosses to follow His way instead of the world’s way.
Lord, Thank You for Jesus and for His atonement for my sins and for His righteousness attributed to me. Thank you for the Holy Spirit, by whom I have the power to live a sacrificial, Christ-honoring life. I confess I am driven by my sinful heart, and I often seek to gratify my flesh by prioritizing pleasure, entertainment, and carnal indulgences. Please forgive me, Lord. Help me to change and give me insight and wisdom in how to better use my time and resources for Your glory. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Memorize Galatians 5:16.
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.