Water and Oil Don't Mix

      Don Spooner, www.about-him.com

 

I John 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.
Do you 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).
Just as 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 (John 15:16).
I John 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.
When John 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.
I John 2:17a And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:...
The 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 insignificant now.
I John 2:17b .....but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
The 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).
We need to remember that we are in this world but not a part of it. We are 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).
Our life 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. 4:2).

 

Keep pressing on friend! Nothing else matters!


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