How is it possible to “Be in the world but not of the world”? 1 John 2:15-17 reads, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
According to 1 John 2:16, there are 3 specific things that show the love of this world.
Lust of the flesh, Lust of the eye, and Pride of life.
Lust of the flesh – These are those desires that are in us by nature and impel us to do wrong things. They can be described as the satisfaction, passion, or enjoyment that is felt by doing wrong things.
Lust of the eye – The eyes can be the fountain of life, purity, and inspiration, or they can be an instrument of evil, perversion and wrong desires. The desires of the eyes can be described as perversions, bad intentions, and selfish delights that include not only sight, but also the mind and imagination.
Pride of life – Pride is the illusion that leads people into superficiality, inflates their egos, and makes them believe that their worth is based on position, money and friends. These “vanities” turn into strongholds for people who open the door to them.
What are some ways or areas the world can negatively affects us? Music, media, news, movies, ungodly friends and family, work force, politics, social issues, etc. Jesus does not want to remove us from the world, He wants us to shine and be a light wherever we are. According to John 17:14-15, “I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.”
Below are some choices we can make to help us in our Christian walk.
• Not participate in what the world has to offer.
• Be radical in your stand as a Christian.
• Avoid spending too much time with unbelievers.
• Look for friends who share the same purpose and goals.
• Continuously to seek to strengthen your relationship with God.