CHRISTIAN IN THE WORLD
Andres C. Guevara Jr.
March 4, 2018 SUN a.m.
Worldliness is that once you involve in some affairs on this earth in opposition of the will of God.
Worldliness is focusing of one’s heart on temporal and worldly things, treasuring the things without eternal value than those things with eternal value.
How can you know when you are worldly? How do we know if our desire is worldly or pleasing to God?
I. THE BELIEVER’S COMMISSION IN THE WORLD
A. THE BELIEVERS ARE PART OF THE WORLD
We are part of the world that is why Jesus prayer to His Father is not to take us out of the world but keep them from evil world—John 17:15
Matthew 13.38 “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;”
B. THE BELIEVER’S PURPOSE IN THE WORLD
The Lord tells His disciples the great responsibility of being light in this dark evil world.
As the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ, we are also sent by Christ to the world.—John 17:18
Matthew 5.14 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
All believers must be together involved as light shiners in this world to bring the glorious light of the gospel of Christ to the blinded mind of the world caused by the god of this world—2 Corinthians 4:4
John 17.21 “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
John 17.23 “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
Christ promised and assures the disciples that the power may come upon them as witnesses when the Spirit comes (Acts 1:8). Now, the work of the believers begins when he is come, not before (though The Spirit is onmi-present). The Holy Spirit works in and through the believers as He indwells them—John 14:7
John 16.8 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
C. THE BELIEVER’S PROFIT FROM THE WORLD
The Lord Jesus emphasizes and makes clear to warn and remind us that we can gain nothing from the world or its way of thinking. Godliness with contentment is great gain but worldliness is no gain at all.—1 Timothy 6:6
Matthew 16.26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Mark 8.36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Luke 9.25 “For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”
D. THE BELIEVER’S PREOCCUPATION IN THE WORLD
Christians must always be aware of the cares of this world that might distract them from their missions in this dying, darkened, deceived and deceiving world. Be always in focus and stay in focus with our Christian’s missions.
Luke 12.30 “For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.”
1 Corinthians 7.31“And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.”
1 Corinthians 7.33-34“But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.”
II. THE BELIEVER IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE WORLD
A. THE INIMICAL WORLD TOWARD CHRIST AND CHRISTIANS
In the Bible, the persecutors, religionists, and even lawmakers always misinterpreted, misunderstood Christ. Therefore it is not surprise to know that Christians always been attacked by ridicules, insults, mockery, and falsely accused by antagonistic attitude of the world.
John 8.23“And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world”
John 15.18-19 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
John 16.33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
B. THE INCOMPATIBILITY OF THE MIND BETWEEN THE WORLD AND GOD
Remember always that the way the world thinks (philosophy) is opposite with the mind of God. There is always incompatibility, opposite and contradictory between the world’s philosophy and the principle of God’s Holy Word.
1 Corinthians 1.20-21 “Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
1 Corinthians 1.27-28 “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:”
1 Corinthians 3.19 “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their
C. THE INTERCHANGE MIND OF THE BELIEVER
The past life of the believers conformed to this world and under the power of the devil but has been changed when they got saved through faith on the glorious gospel of Christ.—2 Corinthians 4:4
Ephesians 2.2 “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
D. THE INFLUENCING MIND OF THE WORLD
The world’s mind set can affect badly and destroy the testimony of a Christian. The believer should be aware of the way the world’s philosophies and principles molds one’s characters and beliefs. Worldliness destroys once attitude and activities in life.
Colossians 2.8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
Colossians 2.20 “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,”
E. THE INSTRUMENTS GIVEN FOR THE BELIEVER'S GROWTH AND SPIRITUAL MIND
God bestowed upon the believers all spiritual equipment needed for Christian growth and spiritual mind to live victoriously against worldly lusts.
2 Peter 1.3-4 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
III. THE BELIEVER MUST NOT CONFORM TO THE WORLD
A. DECEIVED BY WORLDLINESS
Notice Paul described the place of Demas in the ministry of God. It seems that one of the candidate or victim of worldliness are even those busy laboring in Christ church. Demas is with Paul before he forsake him.
Colossians 4.14 “Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.”
Philemon 1.24 “Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.”
B. DEPARTURE FOR WORLDLINESS
Paul narrates why Demas forsaken him and the ministries. Demas departure is a self-will decision and desires for worldliness of many Christians today.
2 Timothy 4.10 “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.”
C. DEFENSE AGAINST WORLDLINESS
James gives us some final warning:
1. Keep ourselves unspotted from the world
James 1.27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
2. Do not be a friend of the world
James 4.4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
Let us examine ourselves to conclude if you are worldly:
Does the world hate the way we live and think?
Do you argue for things in this world or sided with the stand of world’s view? Do you prefer to spend money and time above your daily spiritual activities like bible reading, prayer, and consistent commitment in attending and giving to church? Do you feel guilty or bother by your conscience when you share things you love and enjoy both to a new believer and unbeliever?