Worldliness Part – 19 / Guilt by association?


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness Part 19

What does it take to be worldly? To pursue the World’s goals, for the World’s
motives, by the World’s means. Men & women of God have vastly different goals
than the World. We have spiritual ends in sight. We’ve been motivated to pursue
spiritual things above the temporal. And, we see those things must be obtained
by God’s appointed – spiritual – means, not human fleshly means. Does that
mean Christians don’t drive cars to get to church the same as those in world? Or
that we don’t balance our check books like they do? Or seek employment or
recreation? Of course not. These are the stuff of living life. But what it does
mean is, that while we use sound accounting principles to balance our
checkbooks, (the same as those in the world) we are not balancing our books
for the same reasons. We do it to be good stewards of the resources God has
given us, not to be rich. We do it to improve our ability to advance the Kingdom
of Heaven, not to be humanly secure. We see our finances as a way to serve
God, not something we serve. Outwardly, it might not look any different at all.
Inwardly, it can be the difference between Heaven and Hell. When this
distinction is lost, worldliness has captured the Church. So we read in Ps.
106.35-38 “but they mixed with the nations and learned to do as they did. They
served their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and
their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of
their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the
land was polluted with blood.” Do you see it? They weren’t becoming worldly
because the Canaanites had electricity and they wanted it too. Or because they
had pulley systems to do farm work, or had better town meetings. The issue
was who or what they served. The Canaanites were ordering their lives around
who they served. And when we befriend and emulate the World – when we have
no greater or other goals & motives than they, we will adopt their means as
well. In other words, if our goal is to have a great marriage so we’ll be happy,
we’ll use whatever works. But if our goal is to honor Christ in our marriage
union, for His glory, we’ll seek His means to that end. And while from the
outside, one would not be able to perceive much of a difference – there could
not be a greater chasm between the two. Worldliness revolves around “what
works?” Pure pragmatism. Spirituality revolves around what’s honoring to God?
What impact has this on eternity?

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