Read:

“Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him” — 1 John 2:15

Reflect:

Most of us remember, or have at least heard the hit song “We are the World” released in 1985. This is not about the actual song, but more particularly about the song title. Unfortunately, the distinction between Church and world has been severely blurred. Most of the Church today is worldly. They’ve exchanged biblical truth for the world’s lies. They would rather not endure sound teaching, but have itching ears so they surround themselves with teachers to suit their own passions. 2 Tim. 4:3. If we profess Christ, then we should not look, talk, think, or act like the world. The Lord says we are to come out from among them {unbelievers} and be separate. 2 Cor. 6:17.  In some cases we may have to choose a different vocation. We will have to walk away from friends and relationships. We could even lose family by living a life set apart, in Christ. We are to take up our cross daily, deny ourselves to follow Christ. Matthew 16:24.  
 
We could lose—and be willing to lose—everything for the sake of Christ. We are not to be conformed to this world, or the thinking patterns of this world. Romans 12:2. Are we different? Are we set apart? Are we unconfirmed to this world? If we are born again, the evidence will be a changed lifestyle, by the work of the Holy Spirit. God’s sanctification begins at the moment of our justification so we can be conformed to the image and likeness of Christ. Romans 8:29. Do we love the things of this world more than Christ? Do we believe, speak, or participate in things that are contrary to the Word of God? Sisters, our old life has passed, we are new creations in Christ. 2 Cor. 5:17. We have new lives, new patterns, a new walk, new thought, and new talk. All for the glory of God! Soli Deo Gloria {Glory to God alone!}

Pray:

Father, thank you for setting me apart. If my wayward eyes start to stray towards the temporary passions of this world, lovingly steer me back towards You.

Your Turn:

Do you see yourself in the blurred lines between Church and world? Is your focus more on the temporal things of this world instead of on the Lord? Sisters, we can pray for the Lord the draw us near, so we can direct our hearts to Him!