As the generation that lives in First World 2013, this must be said: we live in either as THE MOST SPOILT GENERATION, or THE MOST OPPORTUNE TIME in all of history.
I think about how we often joke about “FWP’s” or “First World Problems”, you know the ones where we begin to complain about things like internet speed, trains being late, pizzas not being delivered on time, text messages not going through. For some reading this and identifying with these or similar FWP’s, you may note that an overwhelming percentage of the world does not have access to internet, pizza delivery or smartphones etc. Again the speed and accessibility as to which information, travel and consumerism takes place in our generation makes for this to be either the most opportune time for the Gospel to be preached, or the most self centered time where the focus moves towards me and my benefit.
We are the .COM generation. But what kind of .COM’s mark this generation?
Is it COMpromise? Do you find yourself compromising, by cutting corners to obtain what you might see other people may have?
Which brings be to the second negative .com… Do you operate out of COMparison? Always asking the question: “Where’s Mine?” Not inspirationally like one who looks to a mentor and sees a model for betterment, but out of unrighteous jealousy and pure entitlement.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4 ESV)
Do we end up COMplaining about all things that go wrong in our lives? Not towards God, but to people who may not necessarily be able to help you in your situation, but in a way that is laced with subtle bitterness?
Do all things without grumbling or disputing (Philippians 2:14)
Could it be .COM’s though that may be more like Christ. Understanding much like Christ we have been COMmissioned with a call from the Father to love Him, love other people and make disciples. He empowers us with His COMpassion to be able to see the world and it’s people the way He does. And do we understand that He is a God who is faithful to COMplete the work that he has begun (Philippians 1:6).
Will you be one who takes advantage of this time we live in to experience all God has for you to do and become? Or will you take advantage of this time to milk this time for your own benefit, only to find at the end of this life, this world has nothing to offer us at all?