“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17
Worldliness is not an altogether external behavior. It begins internally and is characterized by our desires, which stem from the heart. We may outwardly disassociate ourselves with worldly pleasures but if we internally crave gratifying physical desires, preoccupy ourselves with accumulating wealth and material possessions and strive to attain status and importance, then we still have a worldly attitude. Having wealth, valued possessions and goals is not bad; it’s when we make them our gods and turn away from the One True God that it becomes sinful. Focus, instead, on self-control, generosity and serving others. We have had jolting reminders recently of the danger and devastation that unfolds when men and women place a higher value on their own will instead of valuing the will of the Father: the Aurora shootings, the Penn State molestations and even the current Jackson family drama and Twilight star Kristen Stewart’s indiscretion with a married man. All began with a desire in the heart none was willing or able to control.
What are your heart’s desires? Are you desperate for worldly comforts? Earnest prayer and confession will help you overcome desires that go against God’s will.
May the Lord be with you today.