1 John 2:15-17(NIV): Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
This world that we live in is increasingly tuning out and turning away from God. In the United States, there is less attention focused on God and more attention on self. So many people today are attracted to the things of this world instead of God. It seems to me that many who profess and proclaim “good” and “moral” behavior are certainly not qualified to lecture us on that subject. I for one am sick and tired of “celebrities” lecturing us on how we should behave morally. If you are taking your cues from these types of people, you are on a path that leads away from God, deeper into this fallen world. I’m not sure what their definition of good is, but threatening to blow up buildings is not my definition of good, and it certainly does not fit with how Jesus commands us to love one another.
The Apostle John gives us three things to consider and to be on guard against in relation to this world. In our daily walk with God, we must always be alert for these three pitfalls:
· Lust of the flesh
· Lust of the eyes
· Pride of life
As followers of Christ we must not allow this world to influence us in any way that is in opposition to God’s laws. If we would only take the time to read our Bible and listen for God to speak to us through His Holy Spirit, we could overcome the many pitfalls of this world and live a life that glorifies God and all that is good. We must live in this world but we must remember that as Christians, we are “not of this world.” We must not take moral lessons from the evil one and his followers, but only from the word of God.
Jesus prayed this prayer for his disciples in John 17:13-17: “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
If you are a follower of Christ – you are not of this world. You are called to live a life that glorifies and always points to God. As followers of Christ, we are to love everyone but we cannot allow ourselves to become cozy with the world and it’s false beliefs. We must continue to speak out in opposition to this world when we observe things that are inconsistent with God’s word. If you are hated by the world, you are in good company with other believers, who are on the right path in their daily walk with God.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14