If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. – John 15:19
“Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods,” wrote the apostle John. When he wrote of “the world,” he meant everything in life that ran counter to staying connected to Jesus; everything that contradicts what the Bible teaches and undermines a life of faith and discipleship. Indeed, the world has a different take on how we should live. Many today believe that all ideas are valid; that no one is wrong, because no absolute truth exists.
We are encouraged to believe whatever we want in the name of tolerance and diversity, no one’s viewpoint can be dismissed. But Jesus presents Himself to us as the Truth, meaning all so-called truths must be measured against Him if they are to truly be considered truths.
Jesus Christ’s message to his disciples is His message to you: Fitting in with the world isn’t the mark of a follower of Christ.
– Steve Arterburn
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe