Scripture Reading:
1 Jn. 2:15-17; 2 Tim. 4:10; 2 Tim. 2:22

“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, Choosing rather to be ill treated with the people of God than to have the temporary enjoyment of sin,”(Hebrews 11:24-25)
how should we deal with our relationship with the world? (2)

C. Do Not Love the Things in the World

The world is against God and the things of the world are against the will of God. In 1 John 2:15-17 we see this in a very clear way: "Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him; because all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vainglory of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and its lust, but he who does the will of God abides forever." What are the things that are in the world? The apostle John has divided them into three categories: the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the vainglory of life. These things are against the will of God. If we are involved with them and conformed to them, we will not be able to know or do the will of God. Our mind needs to be renewed (Rom. 12:2) so that we can know the will of God and reject the things that are in the world.

Demas, who was one of the apostle Paul's co-workers, "loved the world," that is, he loved the present age. As a consequence, he abandoned Paul (2 Tim. 4:10). Here it does not say that he committed a grave sin but that he loved the present age, he loved the world. Thus he was usurped by the world and became useless in God's work. The ultimate goal of the world's influence in our life is to make us useless to God! The example of Demas is a serious warning to us.

D. Reject the World

Unlike sin, the world is outside of us. Our mind is constantly being bombarded by the "attractions of the world." When we realize that something of the world, whether an idea or an activity that is separating us from God, is trying to "implant" itself in us, we must reject it quickly before we are influenced by it.

In Hebrews 11:24-25 we see the example of Moses. He refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter and refused the temporary enjoyment of sin. Rather, he left Egypt. This shows us that we cannot "negotiate" with the world as if the world and God could dwell in us simultaneously. We must take a strong stand to reject the world. We must not be like many young people that have said, "There's no problem; I'm strong. Do you think I'm going to leave the Lord because of that? Don't worry…" Today they are like Demas. Moses left Egypt and Paul told Timothy to flee youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22). Be like Moses and Timothy.

By having more fellowship with God and rejecting the world, our love for God as well as our spiritual life will grow, and we will no longer be attracted by the things in the world. In this way we can become useful vessels in the hands of the Lord. Hallelujah!

Key Point:
What enabled Moses and Timothy to be able to reject the world?