1 John 2:15-16 (NIV) says “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.”
Some people think that worldliness is limited to external behavior – the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we enjoy.
Worldliness is also internal because it begins in the heart and is characterized by three attitudes:
1. The Lust Of The Flesh - preoccupation with gratifying physical desires;
2. The Lust Of The Eyes - craving and accumulating things and bowing to the god of materialism;
3. The Pride Of Life - boasting of what you have and/or do – obsession with one’s status or importance.
When the devil tempted Eve (Genesis 3:1-6), he tempted her in these 3 areas. Also, when the devil tempted Jesus in the desert, these were his three areas of attack (See Matthew 4:1-11).
By contrast, God values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and a commitment to humble service. It is possible to give the impression of avoiding worldly pleasure while still harboring worldly attitudes in one’s heart.
It is also possible, like Jesus, to love sinners and spend time with them while maintaining a commitment to the values of God’s Kingdom.
ASK YOURSELF THESE 6 QUESTIONS
1. Am I of this world?
2. What is my attitude toward the world?
3. Am I being deceived by worldly attitudes that rob me of the joy and reality of Christ in my daily living?
4. Am I putting myself in a place of danger that could ruin my testimony, my work, my home, or my relationships?
5. Am I severely being defiled by the world?
6. Am I creating divisions instead of encouraging spiritual unity?
WHAT VALUES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Do your attitudes and actions reflect the world’s values or God’s values? Take a little time and think about this. It could be life changing!
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