Oil Don't Mix
2:15 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.
ever feel like you just donít fit in?
Good for you, thatís how you
should feel. Why? Because when we were born again of Godís Spirit, we became
a new creation, old things passed away and all things became new (II Cor.
5:17; Gal. 6:15). We were delivered from the power of the kingdom of darkness
and translated into the kingdom of Godís dear Son (Col.1:13).
water and oil do not mix,
neither can we be a part of the evil of this
world. We must be separated in our every thought and deed. Our purpose and
mission in life is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ every waking hour of
our lives. The Lord chose and ordained us to bring forth fruit for His kingdom
2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
spoke of the world, He was not talking of Godís creation or the folks we
deal with everyday, for he told us elsewhere that God loved this world so much
that He gave His only begotten Son, that those who believe the gospel message
will be saved and those who donít will be damned (John 3:16-17). He
obviously loved the world a lot to shed His own blood to redeem it (Acts
20:28). John was talking of the kingdom of darkness and the system of evil
that permeates every thing around us. Every waking hour we are bombarded with
media and music that elevates Satanís agenda and lulls us to sleep as our
fleshly appetites are appeased. The result is that we become accustomed to the
dark with all the lines between sin and righteousness blurred. In such a state
we have lost our testimony.
2:17a And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:...
world passes away. How true.
Looking back, I see that the schools I
attended have mostly been torn down and the teachers have passed on. The
houses that I helped build and the homes I occupied with so much pride are
decaying or have been torn down. The factory where I was often consumed by my
job has been leveled and the cars that I worked so hard to produce are rusting
in the junkyard. The sporting events that I thought were so important are now
but a blurred memory. I canít tell you who played and who won. Itís all so
2:17b .....but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
world passes away, but eternity awaits.
We were given a commission to go
into the world and preach the gospel (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16) and what we do
with that commission affects our salvation (Rev. 3:5) and determines our
eternal reward (II Cor. 5:10).
to remember that we are in this world but not a part of it.
citizens of a different kingdom (Php. 3:20). We are pilgrims, strangers (Heb.
11:13; I Peter 2:11)and sojourners (I Chron. 29:15) on this earth as we
eagerly await the return of our Lord and Master. In the meantime, while we are
waiting, we are the salt of this earth (Matt. 5:13) and we are the light of
this world (Matt. 5:14).
will never end, we will only change location.
We, with Father Abraham will
receive that heavenly city built and made by God (Heb. 11:10; John 14:2; Rev.
21:2) . Death, pain and suffering will be no more and God will wipe away all
tears. He will be our God and we will be His children (Rev. 21:4). We will see
our God in the face and person of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Rev.
pressing on friend! Nothing else matters!