October 24, 2021

Don’t Get too Comfortable Down Here

While we live in this world, we are not called to love the things of this world. Knowing that heaven is our home, we must never get too comfortable with the things of this life.

Don’t Get too Comfortable Down Here  (2:12-17)

  • To know God is to be forgiven. (v.12)
  • Even the spiritually mature must receive instruction and encouragement. (v.13)
  • The statements of confidence are meant to motivate the statements of vigilance. (v.14)

The Love that God Hates (2:15-17)

  • Worldliness destroys our devotion. (v.15)
  • The world is treacherous and filled with fool’s gold. (v.16)
    • The lust of the flesh demands our appetite.
    • The lust of the eyes urges our affections.
    • The pride of life appeals to our ambitions.
  • The world is temporary, but God’s glory is forever. (v.17)

Summary

Unless this victory over the world is begun in the heart, and rooted in identity, we will fall away, or at best be unfruitful.

Challenge

  • Who you are will establish how you live, but how you live will give evidence of just who you are and whose you are.
  • Who are you? Would anyone know if you didn’t tell them?