August 17, 2014
The word “world” refers to the age or to the influences of all that is opposed to God and God’s ways. There is ample warning in the word of God that the believer must not be engulfed by the world. John said,
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and it’s desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)
Paul wrote, “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 2:1-2)
Finally, James wrote, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:26-27)
We learn the following things about the ways of the world and the Christian’s relationship to it: (1) The Christian must be careful not to love (or be fond of and drawn to) the world. (2) The world’s affection is for itself and not the well being of the believer. (3) The world is passing away and so is everything in it. (4) The world’s pattern is displeasing to God. (5) The person who seeks to please God must avoid being polluted by the world.
The world wields a powerful influence and it must never be taken for granted. It paints a counterfeit picture of reality!