Test of Your Unworldliness

Test 4 of 9


1 John 2:15-17 says,

  • Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

  • The 'world' in question is the world system. A sinful man craves worldly things, that is, fame, fortune, "just" this new [insert latest gadget here], holidaying, an easy life, full health, security and the like. Yet a Christian desires God's fame much more than their own (Matthew 4:8-10); they are content with what they have been given (1 Timothy 6:6-8); they are not lazy or irresponsible but rather industrious and diligent (Proverbs 13:4; 21:5; 18:9); and they know that hard times give good character and should not be despised (James 1:2-3).

    A worldly person lusts or strongly desires things that he/she does not have, or dressed-down women/men, and is generally not content with life, wanting more. Yet we are commanded to be content (1 Timothy 6:6-8), and even lust in your thoughts is wrong (Matthew 5:27-30).

    A worldly person boasts of all that he has achieved, rather than humbling themselves and attributing their gain to Christ.

    Questions:

    (Be honest with yourself! Data is stored temporarily for your eyes only. This also means you can go back and change your answers.)

    Are you beginning to dislike previously liked celebrities and what they stand for, and starting to (more and more) love godly men and woman?

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    Can you see in your life that you need less - are you finding that you don't need that better job, that bigger house, that better education, that new gadget, a better significant other? Write down these areas or others where you can see that you've become more content before answering the question.

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    Do you believe that God will look on you more favourably because of the things you've done?

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