CHRISTIANITY AND THE WORLD
[1 John:2:15-17]; [Romans:12:1-2]; [2 Corinthians:6:14-18]; [Deuteronomy:7:1-6]; [Isaiah:3:16-24]; [Ephesians:5:11-13]; [Isaiah:28:15-18]; [Colossians:3:14-17].
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world” (1 John 2:15).
Jesus wants His followers to be a happy people. When He closed His last conversation with His Apostles before He was crucified, He said: “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” [John:15:11]). He was giving them something that would fill them with joy.
Salvation from sin, and the deeper spiritual experiences, bring great joy into our lives: but we are still human beings and we need companionship and recreation to keep us happy while we live here on earth.
A Christian must pay attention to the kind of friends he chooses. He should want to do what is right and not be enticed into sinful pleasure. The Psalmist wrote: “I am a companion of all them that fear thee” [Psalms:119:63]). God said: “Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” [James:4:4]). So we see the importance of choosing our friends from among those who love the Lord.
Item 1: a) Who is a Christian? [John:1:12]; [Romans:8:14]; [2 Corinthians:5:17]; [1 John:3:9].
b) What is the world? All systems, all peoples, all spirits that are opposed to, or contradict the Law of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the world. [1 John:2:16]. Why should a Christian be separate from the world? [2 Corinthians:6:14-18]; [James:4:4]; [1 John:2:15], [1 John:2:17].
Item 2: What kind of friends should a Christian keep? [Psalms:119:63]; [Malachi:3:16]; [Psalms:1:1-2]; [Proverbs:1:10]; [Ephesians:5:11].
Item 3: What are the popular amusements that a child of God should not engage in? The theater, film houses, reading books that portray carnality and sensuality, pornography, visiting bad sites on the internet, partying, smoking, drinking alcohol, competitive games, homosexuality, etc. [Galatians:5:19-21]; [2 Timothy:3:3-5]; [Proverbs:21:17]; [Proverbs:23:5], [Proverbs:23:31-35]; [1 Corinthians:6:12]
Item 4: a) What does the Bible say about the love of money? [1 Timothy:6:10].
b) Who is going to see God? The pure in heart. [Matthew:5:8]; [Hebrews:12:14].
Many people in the world are not reading the Bible. They are watching the man or woman, boy or girl, who says he is a Christian. Are you an adornment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Would someone watching you be attracted by your purity and wholesomeness? Or do you try to mingle with the world and do as they do, so as not to be different? “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” [Romans:12:2]).
If our hearts are set on making Heaven our home, it means we are not seeking after the pleasures of the world. We will be far too busy purifying ourselves in order to be the Bride of Christ.
Challenge: Have you received the three Christian experiences? Are you keeping yourself unpolluted from the world?