The world says it is all about you. The world says grab all the gusto you can. The world says Just do it.
The WORD says: “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.” I John 2:15 The things of the world that we are not to love are beliefs, habits and ideas that do not give glory to God. Some of those identified are greed, pride, envying, sexual sin, and not loving others. We can see more from the following verse: “For all that is in the world – the desires of the eyes and pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world.” I John 2:16.
For those who are not desiring to follow God, their perspective of success is different. Success is seen in how powerful you are, mostly in relation to how much money you have. Most parents instill in their children the need to strive to be at the best college, in order to get the best degree to have the most money and “secure future”. The WORD tells us (Colossians 3:1-3) “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” And later in this chapter, “Let the WORD of Christ dwell in you richly.”
“The world is passing away but the one whoever does the will of God lives forever.” “When people neglect God and look for other things it is in the wrong direction; they find their hearts spiritually empty. Strengthen your personal lives. The best response to temptation is to pray and fill our hearts with God’s WORD.” In Search of the Lord’s way, searchtv.org July 18, 2021.
Romans 12:2 tells us: “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.” II Corinthians 4:4 “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Colossians 3:1-3 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” And later in this chapter, “Let the WORD of Christ dwell in you richly.”
We are also told to love those who are in the world, “ Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love.” I John 4:7-8. And the most familiar verse, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” These verses may seem the opposite of the previous verses on not loving the world, but the difference is in the focus. To “not love the world” means the things of this world that draw our hearts and minds away from the things of God. To “love the world” is meaning the people in the world. We are told many times to love people and God shows us that He loves all people.
Phil 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfishness and conceit but in humility regard others more important than ourselves.” We are to have the mind of Christ. He humbled himself to become obedient, even death on the cross. Psalm 119:1-2 “Blessed are those who walk in the way of God, who keep His decrees and seek Him with all their heart.”
Psalm 119:9 asks “How can a young man be pure? By keeping your WORD.” Each day we choose whether we are trying to please ourselves or please God. Psalm 119:19 tells us “I am a resident alien on earth” and in I Peter 2:11 “Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and strangers in this world, I beg you to avoid the evil things your bodies want to do that fight against your soul.” We are to live as temporary residents of this earth, because our home, our resting place, will be in heaven. Strive for an eternal perspective which will help us deal with the troubles of this world. JESUS gives us challenge and encouragement in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Let us remember these words, from our Redeemer, Jesus who lives in us. We can be an overcomer: “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. “