Worldliness – Part 2

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness Part 2

What is worldliness? That’s our starting point. Looking to understand it from
God’s perspective over our own. Titus 2 (11 & 12) tells us that “the grace of God
has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce
ungodliness and worldly passions.” 1 John 2:15 says: “Do not love the world or
the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in
him.” But how do we put legs on that? Psalm 106 helps us here by painting the
picture against the backdrop of the nation of Israel. After seeking God to restore
God’s people in his own age, the Psalmist unfolds the key indicators of when the
World’s thinking has captured the hearts and minds of those who claim to be
God’s. And the first indicator is found in verses 6-8: “Both we and our fathers
have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness. Our
fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they
did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the
Sea, at the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might
make known his mighty power.” Worldliness begins when we have a lack of
understanding concerning the PURPOSE of salvation. When salvation is all about
us, and stops thinking about WHY God saved us. A dual purpose given to us in
verse 8 – “for His name’s sake”, and “that he might make known His mighty
power.” So let me ask the question – do you think often about why God saved
you? And are your foremost thoughts in that regard, that His name might be
glorified, and His power (in redeeming lost sinners) might be displayed to the
world? If not, we’ve begun to slide into worldliness. A mindset that sees all that
even God does as revolving around us, and stops considering that salvation
consists in an eternal plan according to GOD’S purposes. That we are meant to
be examples, displays of His mercy and grace. That we have been claimed from
Satan’s grasp, so that His sweet wonders may be revealed to all. That the God
who men only imagine, might be openly set before them in the way He wants to
be most seen – as merciful, and full of grace. Worldliness leaves this all behind
and sets our eyes chiefly upon ourselves. What a pity, when we revel more in
the creature, than the Creator.


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