The nearer we draw to Jesus, the less we like the world. That is what happens to Gods people, that is how it ought to be.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. I John 2:15
We watch the world around us deteriorate as we progress through the ages to a time close to our Lords return. Sometimes the things we see are nearly unbearable, disturbing beyond measure and we know the heat of the battle is before us.
We know that if our Lord tarries that our grandchildren will suffer a double dose of those things we as Christians are suffering to live with today. A time when right is considered wrong and wrong is lived out in societies as if it were right in greater measure than any era of past times.
The world has embraced evil in horrific ways and we are unable to hide from its face. It surrounds us from all sides. Through progress and technology we contend with it on a unpresidented level.
Waiting in a line of people not long ago, several of us, of the older generation had conversation. We spoke of how life was, not many years ago in comparison and how we longed to go back.
Back to a time when doors did not need locks, our children were safe and threats for our life and safety were not consuming our mind, actions and behaviors in public places. Back to Mayberry, when things were simpler and life could be lived in a more peaceful environment.
Of course we all know Mayberry wasn’t literally a real place, but it was representative of the mindset and nature of most peoples within our land. We ended our conversation in agreement that we were looking forward to our heavenly home.
I suppose many of Gods people before us had the same longings as they suffered through the trials of their day. In Hebrews chapter 11 ( known as the faith chapter), we read of Abraham:
For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Gods people are told to:
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world”.
How would you rate your love or lack of it, for the things of the world? Does your life conform to it or appear in contrast, in behavior, character and conversation?