For the last few months, it was Pokémon Go. Before that is was Flappy Birds. Before that, it was Angry Birds or Temple Run. That app that everyone is playing, at least for the moment.
Now everyone is on Instagram before that is was Facebook. Before that it was Myspace. Before that it was Xanga. The “it” social media site everyone was using.
O.K. maybe these references are too new for you, then think back to your pet rock, yo-yo, the Stretch Armstrong, Cabbage Patch Doll, or your pogo ball. All those fads that were so hot that everyone just had to have them. But then just as fast as they faded in they faded right back out.
Unfortunately, the fad for many people isn’t a toy or a game but their faith.
"In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.
They buy in. They seem fully committed. They are excited. They engage. They volunteer. They are at every service. They help in any way.
For a awhile.
Then things are not as easy. The thrill is gone. Things get hard. There are some bumps in the road.
Then it seems they fade right out again. It’s common but very dangerous since this fad like faith isn’t a faith that will get you to heaven.
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
The True Faith is one that must have rooted itself. It can’t be based on a whim but a commitment. It’s not a spur of the moment but a life changing one. It’s not a reaction but response.
Some things come and go, don’t let your faith be one of them!