By: Ntombizethu Dhlodhlo
“When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do, but when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11
The latest craze amongst the South African youth today is YOLO. The acronym stands for You Only Live Once but more explicitly represents an individual who lives life carelessly, “in case something fatal happens to them”, or at least in my opinion. My lukewarm friend who still lives his salvation based on “how much I can get away with anything and still be saved?”would probably beg to differ. Preaching how I shouldn’t judge anyone and how we don’t know what tomorrow brings so why not enjoy your life to the fullest? Have we lost the definition of what it means to live life to the fullest?
When a baby is born, it is feeble so it starts of by crawling before it can take the first steps. Christian connotation- we start confessing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour (Romans 10:9) – this is called Salvation. We then become born again (John 3:3)- that is relinquishing our old, sinful ways and succumbing to God’s will. The problem is, other believers crawl forever. They’re stuck between living their true Godly-purpose and would rather compromise which results in YOLO. It’s time to say no more and to step up to the image you were formed in. Daniel 3 speaks of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, individuals who were not easily influenced by their surroundings but stayed true to what they believed in. This means living a faith-based life rather than a fear-based one. When faced with difficulty, they refused to give in and to do what the others were doing. The saying remains that the road less travelled is hard and can be very daunting but the moral of the story is simple, if people had faith in God they wouldn’t need to be on the “YOLO tip” because they believe what the Lord said in Jerermiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.”
It is time to stop making excuses and to rise to the occasion of being Christ-like. By now we should have been teachers, but once again we need to be taught the simplest things about what God has said. We need milk instead of solid food. People who live on milk are like babies who don’t really know what is right from wrong (Hebrews 5:12-14). This spiritual dwarfism is unnecessary. When you enter a place, God enters, don’t you know that “so He was, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). This is why you should refuse failure. Failure of conforming with the world standard because the truth is, your standards are far beyond what the world sets.
To live life to the fullest is to realize that life is not supposed to be a mystery. He gave us His word, to know where we ought to go and the direction which we should take. The Great commission awaits (Matthew 28:16-20) but before we can carpe diem and save the world we need to make a decision today and that is to grow every day in spirit.
Reference: Bible (New Living Translation)