Who do you admire?


~1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

If I were to take a poll right now, I am sure that there would be more teen girls who would recognize a picture of Justin Bieber than there would be teen girls who would recognize the lady pictured above. Do you know who this lady is? She is Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian lady whose family helped to hide Jews from the Nazi’s in Holland during the 1940’s. She is one of my heroes 🙂

Do you really want to see if your heart is right with God, teen girl? A good way to gauge your heart is by what types of things occupy your time. For example, who is your favorite “famous” person? Is it a man or woman of God or is it a movie star? Who do you read after the most? Do you read the latest teen magazines about your favorite music artist? Do you download the latest Justin Bieber songs and videos? Only you can answer these questions honestly. You may have parents who are perfectly willing to let you do these things but does that make it right in God’s eyes?

In everything, we should ask ourselves if what we are doing honors God. The latest movie stars, rock stars or sports star won’t do anything for your walk with God. The amount of time you spend admiring them will reveal where your heart is, teen girl. These people could care less about you personally. They only care about the money that they make as a result of the fans that they have. They could care less about where they will spend eternity. They could care less about the things of God.

Today’s Bible verses are very clear – they draw a line between what is Godly and what is worldly. Where do your thoughts go when you have some free time? If you are a true born-again Christian, teen girl, you should look at your life and allow God’s Word to change you. Do you spend more time doing worldly things than Godly things? If you do, ask the Lord’s forgiveness and ask Him to help you replace those things with Godly things.