James is one of our college students who attends Auburn University. I wish I could explain to you the amazing work that God has done in James’ heart, faith, and life since he began college. It is obviously a powerful work of the Holy Spirit. He has started his own blog @ . Check his blog out and read his latest article here! You can encourage James at @jamesurobertson on Twitter.
“15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
We as Christians are called to be radically different. The natural response to following Jesus should be to leave everything we have behind and to run towards him, to deny our self and to pickup our cross daily and to follow him (Luke 6:23). What we are doing though, is the very opposite. 1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world.” Period. Do not love the world or the things in the world. Is it possible that we’ve seen these words, heard what Christ says and yet not believe it? Are we hearing, but not understanding? Seeing, but not perceiving?
If you were to look at the church today then you would see that most Christ proclaiming Christians look strikingly similar to non believers. We are just as materialistic. Just as sexually immoral. Just as self centered. Even our giving patterns look the same if not worse than non believers. Some studies show that the average Christian tithes only 2.5% of their income. Jesus warns us in Matthew 6 to not lay up for ourselves treasures on earth but to rather lay up for our selves treasures on heaven. To not be anxious about life, what we will eat or what we will drink, nor about our bodies, what we will put on. He asks “Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing (v. 25)” He then gives the analogies of the birds of the air and lilies of the field and how he feeds them, clothes them, and how they grow. He then rhetorically asks “Are you not of more value than they (v.26,30)?” He later promises that if we seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness then all of these will be added to us (v. 33). Along with Matthew 6, Paul warns Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:8-12 to likewise to flee the pursuit of worldly materialism of loving Money. He has these words for us: Continue reading