“Throw Off The World” ( 1 John 2: 15 – 16, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“Do not set your hearts on the godless world or anything in it. Anyone who loves the world is a stranger to the Father’s love. Everything the world affords, all that panders to the appetites or entices the eyes, all the glamour of its life, springs not from the Father but from the godless world.”

 

Of course, we live in this world among godlessness and people who have no interest in or comprehension of God — at least not the God who created them. We are not commanded to leave the world for this is our temporary residence. We live here — at least for now. We are not to avoid people; for through us, they may come to first know something of God and later perhaps even come to meet God for themselves. (1 Corinthians 5: 9-10)

 

What then are we to avoid? Coveting what the godless world offers — selfishness, arrogance, greed, malice, hatred, lust, deceit, mistrust and the actions reflecting these worthless qualities. We are to throw off the godlessness which so easily entangles us, and put on the mind of Christ — setting our hearts on things above. (Hebrews 12: 1-2)

 

“The world is not worthy” of us which is first a difficult idea to grasp and foremost to say without sounding like we think we are better than others. Because, of course, we are not. We are saved by grace, and that is a gift, not of ourselves, so that we are unable to boast.