Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Daily Devotion: Righteousness versus Worldliness

Bible Reading: Genesis 13:1-13

Key Verse: Verse 11 - “Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other."

Key Words: Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan

If righteousness is living our lives in light of God’s Word, then worldliness would be to live one’s life contrary to God’s Word.

Have you noticed Lot's course of action:
  • First, he looked toward Sodom (verse 10),
  • Second, he chose to go toward Sodom (verse 11),
  • Third, he pitched his tent toward Sodom (verse 12),
  • Fourth, he moved into Sodom (verse 12), and
  • Fifth, he lived like Sodom (verse 14).
The world does hinder many from their service to God!

Dave Roper writes: The Bible defines worldliness by centering morality where we intuitively know it should be. Worldliness is the lust of the flesh (a passion for sensual satisfaction), the lust of the eyes (an inordinate desire for the finer things of life), and the pride of life (self-satisfaction in who we are, what we have, and what we have done).

Worldliness, then, is a preoccupation with ease and affluence. It elevates creature comfort to the point of idolatry; large salaries and comfortable life-styles become necessities of life.

Worldliness is reading magazines about people who live hedonistic lives and spend too much money on themselves and wanting to be like them. But more importantly, worldliness is simply pride and selfishness in disguises. It’s being resentful when someone snubs us or patronizes us or shows off. It means smarting under every slight, challenging every word spoken against us, cringing when another is preferred before us.

Worldliness is harboring grudges, nursing grievances, and wallowing in self-pity. These are the ways in which we are most like the world.

Everyday we become more like God or like the world. Which do you resemble?

What to do:
✞ Put God first and the world will flee from you.

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