Our Babylonian World
Our world today resembles historical Babylon where value is measured by earthly treasures: physical beauty, wealth, power, and success. We live in a time when many follow the mantra of Babylon, “I am and there is no one beside me” Isaiah 47:10. We face a constant battle between the things of the world and the things of God.
Daniel 4 and 5
What we have found in Scripture is a Babylonian heart also produces a Babylonian mind. Before God disciplines Nebuchanezzar, he lives for himself and finds security in the power of this world. Once King Nebuchadnezzar repents and has a changed heart, his life, leadership, and rule completely change. Even extra-Biblical texts note the change in his leadership. When our heart is changed, our life is changed.
Nebuchadnezzar dies, and his descendants come into power. We realize the pagan hearts of Babylon are deeply ingrained into future generations. Each successive king after Nebuchadnezzar rules with pride, greed, and arrogance because their heart still beats for this world. The last ruler of Babylon, King Belshazzar, even defiles the stolen golden Holy Vessels from the Temple by toasting to his greatness and false gods.
What does this mean for me?
As a follower of Christ, you are not an ordinary citizen of this world! You have been chosen, called, set apart, and sealed by God, and you are anointed by God to be HOLY VESSELS. Your heart is not chained to this world, but you are alive to the things of God.
- To whom do your heart and mind belong?
- Do you find yourself chasing the things of this world?
- Are you satisfied in Christ?