In 1969 a song written by Paul Anka and sang by Frank Sinatra was released that struck a chord in the hearts of people everywhere. The song was called I Did It My Way. It was so popular that other famous artists have re-recorded the song since then to include The Three Tenors, of the classical genre, and Elvis Presley who seems to cross every genre. Elvis, at one of his concerts said that it was one of his favorite songs.
The song basically says that no matter what happened in life, the good times and bad times, the successes and failures, I have no regrets, because “I did it MY way.”
Contrast the idea of that song with what the scriptures teach us. Jesus said “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19). Paul the apostle said “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal 2:20).
I have to admit that the song I Did it My Way is beautifully written and it even touches my own heart when I hear it. It says ‘I’m not going to be walked on, I’m going to stand up and do it the way I think it should be done; I’m going to have no regrets.’ But how does a song like that inspire me to follow a scripture like Matthew 16:24 where Jesus said “If any man desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me”? This is why we must learn to guard our hearts against worldly influences, because they inspire us and move us in the wrong direction.
You see, the message of the world, those things that influence and inspire the world, have nothing to do with eternal life or riches in heaven. The scriptures teach us to let go of the things of the world in favor of that which is eternal. Matthew 16:26 says “what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” The goal is not to do it MY way, but to do it God’s way.
Don’t be fooled by what the world has to offer, don’t be influenced by what inspires the world. Instead, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Let us be inspired by what He did for us on the cross. Songs like I did it my way may inspire the world, but to be able to say “I did it THY way” pleases the Lord. The question is: from which one do you receive your inspiration and for which one do you want to live?
God bless, Pastor Troy