Though we cannot see him, the true ruler of this world is an enemy hell-bent on our destruction. In First John chapter five, the Apostle John wrote, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” Jesus rules us—you and me—His followers, and He’ll rule the world to come. But, for now, right now, Satan holds sway on earth. That’s why anger, greed, and materialism characterize our culture. As John Eldredge is famous for saying, we live in a world at war. We live in the fog of war—a fog of confusion—a fog meant to press in and fill all the spaces in our mind, and in our hearts, and in our calendars.
So . . . we are busy. We are tired. We’re overwhelmed with information and demands.
We could choose to pull away completely, like the Desert Fathers did in the third century—away from culture, away from civilization, away from the battle. But that’s not a realistic option for you or me or most any of us. And that’s not what we’re called to. Though he says we’re not of this world, Jesus, speaking directly to His Father in Heaven, in John chapter seventeen, prays “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.”
So, what’s something practical we can do right now, to take advantage of this day, to resist the enemy, to resist the culture of this world, and to spend time with Jesus?
Well, let’s do something radical—let’s do something that makes no sense according to the culture of this world. While it’s just not realistic to pull away completely, like the Desert Fathers did, we can pull away for a few moments. Maybe just one.
Listen to “The Way to Me” . . .