What in the World?

What in the world? That’s a good question. Usually it means something like: “What’s going on? What’s happening? What is this all about?” I’d like to use it a different way. My question is: What in the world is it that could or should attract the hearts or affections of those who are truly saved? Yesterday we learned that this world, along with its lust, will all pass away. We who are born again will remain forever. That is why Paul, writing to the church at Colosse, admonished them and all genuine believers: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2). John adds: “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” (I John 2:15). Love of the world (worldliness) is anything that is contrary to Jesus, His character, His purity, His commands, His teaching, etc. Anything and everything that competes with my love for Him is worldly. Whatever draws my heart away from Him is worldliness. Even good things like beauty, wholesome entertainment, travel, a good hobby, etc. (if they get in the way of our closeness to Him) would qualify as worldliness. May our heart cry be that of A. Catherine Hankey as expressed in her hymn, “Tell Me the Old, Old Story.” She wrote: “Tell me the same old story, when you have cause to fear that this world’s empty glory is costing me too dear; yes, and when that world’s glory is dawning on my soul, tell me the Old, Old, Story: “Christ Jesus makes thee whole.” Selah! The only way to overcome worldliness is to be filled with love for and “thanks” giving to Jesus. When we want Him to be the whole hearted center of our lives, worldly attractions will be unable to gain a foothold in our lives.  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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