1st John chapter 2 verses15 and 16 says, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”
Some people think that worldliness only has to do with external behavior…the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we enjoy. But worldliness affects us internally because it begins in the heart and is characterized by three attitudes.
1)Craving for physical pleasure… preoccupation with gratifying physical desires,
2)Craving for everything we see… the accumulation of things, bowing to the god of materialism
3)Pride in our achievements and possessions… obsession with our status or importance.
When the serpent tempted Eve, he tempted her in these areas. When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, these were also his three areas of attack.
By contrast, God values self-control, generosity, and a commitment to humble service. It is possible to give the impression of avoiding worldly pleasures while still harboring worldly desires in one’s heart. But, like Jesus, we should love sinners and spend time with them while closely adhering to the values of God’s Kingdom.
What values are most important to you?
Do your actions reflect the world’s values or God’s values?
Y’all have a great day and always remember what the apostle John said “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”