So, Clarke has been in a state of uncertainty, trying to capture a vague idea floating in his head in a while – Overwhelmed with life just like everyone else, he often feels depressed and lost, more often than you probably would imagine.
Well, as confused as you may feel in those moments Clarke, you have much more clarity now.
Dear Purple Reader, today I’ll be discussing worldliness and the need to sidestep it.
You see, as human, we are either living for self or we are dying to self. Living for self in the sense that we satisfy the desires of the flesh, or dying to self as in, bringing our flesh to frailty with the power of the Spirit through Christ. Hence, the thrust of today’s piece, “come out of it”.
1 John 2:16-17 explains the course of this world,
For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world.
And the world is passing away along with its lust, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
Ephesians 2:1-3 says same:
And you has He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Dear Purple Reader, “coming out of the world” as in John 15:19 & John 17 requires us to be free of worldly influence, to be free from the corruption that is in the world. Apparently from John 17, Christ did not pray that they might be rich and great in the world, or that they might raise estates and get preferments, but that they might be kept from sin, and furnished for their duty. In this light, if your treasure is in your possessions or career status then you are probably living for the world too:
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither Moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. [Matthew 6:19-21]
However, this does not necessarily mean that we do not participate in social and government process, rather it means we should act in accordance with righteousness, putting our sinful natures aside. As the prosperity of the soul is the greatest prosperity man will ever have.
One of the most difficult challenges in our lives is to be in the world and yet not be of the world, but my point is, although we live in the world, we need not conform to the world, but get involved in the world in a positive way.
Christ calls us to be different from the world, that we may do good and glorify God upon earth:
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. [Matthew 5:14-16]
We can only achieve this by the renewal of the mind with the truth – the Word of God.
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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. [Romans 12:2]
Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth [John 17:17]
Dear Clarke, at this point, you inevitably must make a choice. Whether you do as Abraham did when he pitched his tent and built an altar unto the Lord or as Lot did when he pitched his tent toward Sodom. [Genesis 13]
Dear Purple Reader, that’s it for today.
Thanks for spending time with me. Do drop a comment; sharing with us how this truth shapes you.
Until next time, have a nice day.