© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
The Encarta Dictionary offers three definitions for the word “worldly.” The first is, “experienced in life: experienced in and knowledgeable about human society and its ways.” The second says, “belonging to physical world: relating to everyday material existence.” And the third explanation is “materialism: much more interested in everyday materialistic concerns than in the spiritual side of life.” This third definition brings us to a troublesome Bible truth. In this sense, God commands, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
Is there a way to get an accurate reading on the orientation of my life? Read the Scriptures listed, and consider these contrasts drawn in the Word of God…
• Flesh or Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25)? Do I elevate the urgings of the flesh over the Biblical teaching of the Holy Spirit?
• Time or eternity (Ephesians 5:15-16)? Do I fixate upon now to the neglect of then?
• Outward or inward (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)? Do I glamorize and idolize my body over my soul?
• Self or God and others (Matthew 22:37-39)? Am I consumed with myself, leaving God and others in second and third place?
• Present world or world to come (Luke 12:13-21)? Are present possessions and pursuits more valuable to me than a place in heaven?
"And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).
At the Hillcrest church of Christ, we are trying to help each other keep pointed in the right direction. Can we help you, too?