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Am I In Love With This World?

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Am I In Love With This World?

1 John 2:15 instructs us: "Do not love the world or the things in the world." 

It is particularly difficult to assess how well my heart is in line with commands like this that can at first glance appear very abstract. My flesh-empowered response to this command will either be to shun all things physical in order to focus on the "spiritual" (amaterialism/gnosticism) or to thoughtlessly assume that I conform pretty well to this command and continue my life unaffected. I do not want either of these responses; I want to live in this world, enjoying appropriately the things of this world, with my mind and heart set on that world that is to come. I need help to see and fight love of this world that is in me. The problem is, I'm typically blind to it. Biblically-informed questions are often useful tools to shed light into the dark recesses of my heart that I have a difficult time exposing.  Today I heard from Smedly Yates two exceptional questions that I plan on asking myself regularly to help me identify, and then put to death, this sin of worldliness:

  1. Is there anything that I desire so much that I would sin (steal, covet, lie, etc) in order to get it?
  2. Is there anything that I have that, if lost, would cause me to sin?
If these questions have elicited in you, like they have in me, a new and increased awareness of worldliness in you, I highly recommend the book edited by C.J. Mahaney, Worldliness (amazon), which I reviewed a few months ago. A very highly recommended read.

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Title: Am I In Love With This World?
Date posted: 27 January '09 - 09:02
Category: Shepherding My Heart
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