When it comes to what it is to be worldly, isn’t it interesting how we have this tendency to come up with our own definitions of what is and what isn’t? We like to define worldliness in a way that doesn’t touch us; that’s typically what happens. Yet if the truth be known, there is worldliness to some degree in every single person in this room – and some more than others. Yet not a single one of us is overly given to admitting it.
1 John 2:15-17 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.
Colossians 2:20-23 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations– 21- “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22- (referring to things that all perish as they are used)–according to human precepts and teachings? 23- These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.