What’s the capital of Morocco? What’s the state bird of Iowa? Do horses really sleep standing up? You may have just opened up a new tab and asked Google these questions, you may have pulled out your iPhone and asked Siri, or you may just not care. But, the point is that we live in a world where it is easier than ever to gain access to information.
This is an amazing thing. If a loved one needs prayer, you can alert your 652 friends in seconds. If you accidently take the bridge from Manhattan to Queens and need to get back, Google maps can save the day. But on the other hand, how often do we open up tumblr when that paper is due in the morning? How often do we text things to people that we wouldn’t dare say to their faces? How easy is it for the world to suck us in and make us believe what it preaches?
The world preaches to us that the most important thing is that we be entertained. We need facebook, The Walking Dead deserves our undivided attention, and our smartphone cannot be out of our reach for a second. At the end of the day, these messages leave us tired and hungry. We are people created in the image of Christ Jesus, and we need to be filled. Trying to fill ourselves with media, distractions, and indulgence only leaves us more empty.
As finals approach, it’s easy to be lazy– to only do good enough. It’s easy to only study enough to get a passing grade, then ‘reward’ ourselves with exorbitant amounts of indulgence claiming that ‘we deserve it’. Does Colossians 3:23 mean anything to the Christian college student in America? We like to interpret that verse as saying, “If you’re doing something you like, do really well at it and you can tell all your friends you did it for God”, when in reality, anything we do should be done to the best of our ability because God deserves the glory.
As my older brother advised me today, don’t just finish strong, finish better than you started. When the world tells you that mediocre is good enough, and satisfactory is acceptable, tell it that your Savior deserves more. When you’re tempted to open up twitter or Netflix, open up The Word and let the truth fill you. If we don’t put the effort in, the world will not hesitate to fill us with it’s lies. So make a conscious effort today to be filled with the Truth and as finals come closer and closer, remember that,
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for human masters. Colossians 3:23