Filled up with what?

Read: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

During the Christmas season in songs and in other places we hear about stockings be filled. When those stockings are filled they obviously have nice things put in them for the recipient, they bring feelings of joy and thankfulness.

In our lives it is important that we think about what we are filling our heads with. We live in a culture that seems bent on filling us up with things contrary to God’s Word and God’s will for our lives. Therefore, we have to be very careful as we pick books to read, T.V. shows to watch, and movies to enjoy.

In a recent Breakpoint commentary Eric Metaxes wrote about a story that has been in the entertainment news recently. Apparently one of the stars of the T.V. show “Two and Half Men” Angus T. Jones came out and said some surprising things about the very show that he stars on.

He said, “If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching … Please stop filling your head with filth.” Eric Metaxes goes on to say… “Unlike a lot of people on TV and in the movies, Jones doesn’t gloss over the fact that what we watch can be harmful to our souls. “If I am doing any harm,” he said, “I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be contributing to the enemy’s plan.” Wow!”

You can read the whole commentary at this link:
http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/20926

Jones went on to say that after reading his Bible and seeking out God’s will in life he became very uneasy with the messages the show was communicating to people. This is not to pick on this one T.V. show, there are many out there in the same state of filth and it seems to get worse by the year.

In 1 Corinthians 6 Paul is encouraging the Christians at Corinth to flee things like sexual immorality and other sins. In verse 19 he says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit?” In verse 20 he says, “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

Christians have become much to unguarded about these things. We try to tell ourselves that it doesn’t matter, it won’t affect who I am or what I do by what I watch or play in our media saturated society. But it does matter as it relates to our relationship with God. God cares about what we are filled up with!

So, as you fill the stockings for Christmas this year think about how you are filling your own mind and how it affects your life as well as your relationship with the Savior. New Years Day is right around the corner, it provides us a new opportunity to allow the Holy Spirit to bring about change in our lives for the good.

Make it personal: Please understand, I am not suggesting we never watch T.V. or go to the movies. I am only encouraging what Paul is encouraging in this passage. Don’t consume those things without thinking about what affect it may have on you and your family. God needs the first consideration in all of our decisions.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church