HOLINESS OF THE HEART, AND FORSAKING THE WORLD

As a Christian, we are told from God’s word not to love the world, nor the things that are in the world. I John 2:15 says, ” Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. What is the “world” and what is being worldly? I John further says, “For everything in the world, the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has .does-comes not from the Father, but from the world.” As Christians what makes us different from the”world”? Is it because we don’t drink or smoke or gamble? Or maybe it’s because we dress a certain way or don’t dress a certain way. Worldliness is this and more. The presence or lack of these things in a person’s life doesn’t necessarily make them a Christian; and it may or may not mean they have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
People who abstain from these vices may have disciplined themselves that way, but that doesn’t mean they know Jesus Christ. Matthew 6:19,20,21 says “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,…, For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Being worldy and being holy are like the opposite sides of each other; but they both contend with the condition of the heart. And the condition being in the heart of what your heart truly values. Someone once said that eventually you will be where your heart is.. this can be said of a man who is married, but his heart is with another woman. So worldliness has more to do with where your heart is rather than whether you drink, or smoke, or wear flashy clothes. This is not to say that a Christian shouldn’t be careful to maintain a modest lifestyle, but it isn’t the lifestyle that makes us holy; it is more of where our heart is.
If your heart lies in pleasing God, then eventually that is where you will be; with God. If your heart is in the world, and values what the world has to offer more than what God has for those who love him; your fate will be that of those who worship things that pass away and rot, and thieves break in and steal.
Even though money is high on the list of possessions in the world, the word of God tells us not to love money: I Timothy 6:10 says ” For the love of money is the root of all evil. Some people, eager for money , have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” This is a true statement; people have lost their children, their spouses, and even their very souls in pursuit of something that can only rot and lose its value over time.
Judas, the disciple who hung himself, had a worldly view of life; he was looking for Jesus to establish his kingdom on earth, and when he didn’t, he betrayed his Lord and Savior. Jesus will someday rule over the earth, but the timing of that will be when God says it is to happen; not man.
The book of Colossians 3:1-4 says, ” If ye have been risen with Christ, set your affections on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.Set your mind on things above,not earthly things, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Let me give just one more scripture as to why we are to focus on things in heaven and not things in the earth. II Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Another reason we are to focus on the eternal is because as I John 2:17 says, The world passes away and the lusts thereof, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

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