Pop radio is full of ideas for articles.  Here are the lyrics to a song recorded by Hot Chelle Rae:

It’s been a really, really messed up week,
Seven days of torture, seven days of bitter,
And my girlfriend went and cheated on me,
She’s a California dime but it’s time for me to quit her,

Most people can identify with these lines.  Sometimes life just doesn’t the way as planned.  Everyone has hard times, even Christians. God disciplines His children. (Hebrews 12:3-11). Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:12 that godly people can expect persecution. 1 Peter 2:21-23 says that Christians are to be like Jesus, who endured much affliction at His trial and crucifixion without saying a word.

However, the chorus begins:

La, la, la, whatever
La, la, la, it doesn’t matter
La, la, la, oh well
La, la, la

The chorus goes on to say that the only thing that really matters is the party that night.  These lyrics reflect the Hedonistic society prevalent in the world.  Many people live just to have a good time.  The Epicurean philosophers that Paul found in Athens followed the motto, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” (1 Corinthians 15:32)  This is also is a quote from Isaiah 22:13.But what about Christians?  How should they conduct themselves?  An elder must be “sober-minded.”  Paul told Timothy to be sober-minded always. (1 Timothy 4:5)  Older men are to be “sober-minded” and “dignified” (Titus 2:2).  1 Peter 3:13 reads

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Literally, sober means to be free from intoxicants.  To be sober-minded is to have a mind that is free from spiritual distractions. The “thorny-ground hearer” let the cares of the world choke out the word. (Matt 13:22) Demas “loved this present world.” (2 Tim 4:10)  God’s people are to fix their eyes on Jesus. (Heb 12:1)

1 Peter 5:8 says to “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” But, a lion on the hunt blends in with the tall grass. The Devil disguises himself to appear as “an angel of light”, and his servants disguise themselves as “servants of righteousness.”  (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)

God’s people must be constantly aware of the hostile environment they live in, with a mind that is sober and unclouded by the cares of the world and always on guard for the wiles of the Devil.

By the way, does this mean that a Christian can never have a good time?  No!  Even Jesus went to a wedding feast with His mother and worked His first miracle there.  (John 2:1-11)   He went to other feasts.  (Matthew 9:10-13; Luke 7:36-39)  Yes, the child of God can have a good time, but in that good time, be sober-minded and watchful for the Devil.

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