“According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances” (Leviticus 18.3 NKJV).
It is extremely difficult not to walk in the same direction as the people around us. We can go into a situation thinking that we’ll be strong and we won’t change, but slowly and surely, we acclimate to the crowd. It takes diligence and resolve to swim against the current, and it’s easier just to let go and get taken under by the tide of culture. After a time, we don’t even recognize that there is river of indifference towards God’s law and His love sweeping us away from achieving our full eternal purpose. Our families, actions, words, efforts and lives may start to emulate the world’s attitude, and the fear of God and the pursuit of holiness start to take a backseat. And when we come to the end of our lives, we’ll wonder if we took the easy road or the road less traveled. We’ll wonder if we missed out on the amazing plan that God has prepared for us using His boundless imagination. God warned His Chosen People not to live like the people around them; but sadly before their sins finally caused their destruction, they turned their back on God (Isaiah 1.4). They chose to walk in the ordinances of the world, instead of the ordinances of God.
“I believe our brief life here on Earth is all about legacy: What memory will you leave in the wake of your 70 or 80-odd years of living? If you are still drawing breath, then it’s not too late to build the legacy of a champion.” – Kenneth Ulmer, The Champion in You