Jeremiah Johnson is alarmed by how easy it is for believers, including himself, “to be caught up in the cares of this world and to follow the worrying, fearful pattern of unbelievers.” We worry, we fret, we involve ourselves in all sorts of worldly endeavors and tend to put aside what is eternally important. In this blog post over at Grace to You, Johnson reminds committed Christians that this world is not our home. He writes:
Do you know anyone who is not worried about the future? Maybe they’re afraid of contracting the Zika virus, or cancer, or any of the other diseases dominating headlines these days. Perhaps they’re bracing for another global financial crisis, or the next terrorist attack. Or maybe they’re just caught up in concerns over the coming election, and what it means for the future.
No matter where you look, there is reason to be concerned about the state of the world today, and what tomorrow holds.
But should those concerns dominate in the hearts of believers? Should God’s people be worried about the ills of this world and how to fix them? Or do our affections and energies belong elsewhere?