Let’s just jump right in and ask the question right off the back; What part of “love not the world,” do Christians not understand? In this flesh dweleth no good thing, it needs to be kept under close subjection if we are to stay the path. When your eyes are set on the things of this world, they are not set on the Father. We can not and will not serve two masters. Either you will be driven away from the one and move towards the other.
1 John 2:15-17 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. 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 of the Father, but is of the world.
Lets keep in mind, as the Lord brings back to remembrance some of the reasons why we came to Christ in the first place. Plainly put, we were sick of sinning and the thought of heaven was to good to pass on. We were supposedly fed up with being wicked and wanted some real change in our lives. At least that’s why I came to Christ!
But if we came to Christ, went back to the lusts and prides of this life, then why did we even waste the time to confess in the first place. Has God lost his keeping power? Let me guess, someone told you, “That’s not for today, or “It isn’t that bad. ” But sin is worse than bad because the end thereof is eternal death in the lake of fire.
Loving the world versus loving God will little by little cause you to concede victory to sin and the devil. Satan is the prince of the air and has taken on the responsibility of making sure you don’t make it to heaven. Why do you think that the allurement to the world is so powerful?
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world, means exactly what it says. The meaning of this verse can not be easily misconstrued to mean anything else except for, “Don’t love the world,” “Don’t love the things in this world.”
God cannot sin, nor can he be tempted to do so, therefore it goes without saying that he can keep us. That is, if we want to be kept! Many a saint have become lackadaisical concerning their dedication to God and their testimony subpar as a result of it.
The people saw that they had been with Jesus and as a result the disciples had a personified boldness. Note: It didn’t matter that their occupation, book smarts weren’t on par with the scribes, Pharisees, lawyers and Sadducees of the day.
What the people took note of was that they were spiritual, bold and determined. So for all of you who get offended when someone doesn’t call you by your correct title (pastor, doctor, prophet…) you need to stop loving the world and ease up on that pride.
God convicts us about a lot of things, but often times we just stand there dazed, blinking our eyes when he tells us the make some changes. But the bible gives us several examples of individuals who wanted the world more than they wanted to do right (Prodigal son, Judas, Demas). So if you can’t get enough of the world and it’s sinful pleasures, you must be at peace knowing that “You are not of the Father.” Don’t be charmed by the worlds delights!