No Christian would admit that they love this world more than God. Yet, if we unpeel the layers of our religiousness; the Christian jargon, the Scripture quoting, church attendance, our long prayers, and all outward displays of religiousness, and exposed the core of our hearts, would we find a love of Christ and His reign in our hearts? Or, would we find the love of money and material things?
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not him” 1 John 2:15
Sadly, for so many of us, we are consumed with the things of this world. We live for our “best life now”.
Yet, the Bible warns us of being worldly. In fact, the Apostle John said that if we love the world, we don’t love God (1 John 2:15). What a seemingly harsh statement, however, Jesus also says that we can’t love money (worldly thing) and love God at the same time (Matthew 6:24).DoI love this world too much? Click To Tweet
5 questions to ask yourself to know if you’re a worldly Christian.
#1- Is my mind always thinking about the things of the world?
Normally, from the time I rise in the morning, until the moment I lay my head on the pillow to go to sleep, how much do I think about God? Is the Lord, His Word, His work on my heart and mind? Does my love for God motivate me to obey Him?
Or, am I constantly thinking of ways to get rich, gain power/prestige/accolades, acquiring more stuff, how to be successful, and impressing people with how I dress/look and the stuff I own? I envy people of this world who don’t have the Savior, but have stuff.
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” Colossians 3:2
I’m unconcerned about Kingdom business, church, sisters and brothers in Christ, the mission of Christ, or making an impact for God. My prayer life is scarce, and/or when I pray I’m always asking God to bless me with more material things, versus, praying for Him to cleanse me of sin, use me for His glory, and conform me to the image of His Son.
I’m consumed with worry and anxiety over things of this world. I’m discontent. I don’t meditate on the Word, think about the goodness of God, how to please Him, and live for Him. My mind is always thinking about, contemplating, meditating on how I can get things of this world.
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#2- Do I have a worldly mindset?
I find myself agreeing with my unsaved worldly friends on many topics. I haven’t allowed the Bible to dictate my thinking, am indifferent to what the Word says, rarely read and study the Word. My values and morals are based off what the culture says is right/wrong, versus, the principles taught in the Bible. I don’t have a biblical worldview. I rarely, if ever, ask myself “what does the Bible say about this?”
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” Romans 12:2
I’m unconcerned with renewing my mind with the Word, and rather read worldly books, blogs, and watching worldly TV shows.
I have no clue about what the Bible says pertaining to issues of life (sex, abortion, marriage, government, parenting, etc.). I tend to agree with society on issues pertaining to life.
I engage in conversation/debates on what’s going on in the world, but never bring a biblical perspective to the conversation. I never support my position with Scripture. I seek to gain knowledge by secular experts, authors, etc., rather than the Bible and biblical resources. I don’t engage in biblical discussions.
I seek to fit in the world, not be separate.
#3- What do I spend most of my time on?
Am I working hard, tirelessly, sacrificially, for the Lord?
“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work” John 9:4
Is my time spent on learning how to excel in this life, self-empowerment, what the celebrities are doing, politics, my favorite reality show, watching YouTube videos, being on social media, etc., versus, learning how to live a God-honoring, self-denying life for Christ, or how I can do the work of the Lord? I have no desire to use my time to read/study the Word.
Monday through Saturday I spend little to no time in prayer, praise and worship, or Bible reading. I attend church, but don’t want to sacrifice my time serving the church. I’d rather be with unsaved friends/family, than to fellowship with Christians and talk about spiritual things. My life is filled with much activity, but little to none has to do with God, His Kingdom, or the church.
I put anyone (family, friends, etc.) and everything (work, hobbies, fun, etc.) before God. I only prioritize God a few hours on the day I attend church.
My life is not centered around God, instead God gets my leftover time and energy. My home is not a Christ-exalting, God-honoring home. My priority is not the home, raising my children in the ways of the Lord, or to be a godly wife, mother or single. But rather, my priority and time is spent on trying to achieve worldly accolades, success, millionaire status, etc. I squeeze God into my schedule when I can.
#4- Do I have a true interest in and affection for the things of God?
My heart doesn’t long for, hunger for the things of God. I have to force myself to read the Bible, pray, attend church, or fellowship with sisters and brothers in Christ. I don’t care to do the will of God, I live life for myself. I don’t pursue godliness, holiness, righteousness, or purity.
I have no concern for the souls of unbelievers, and don’t share the Gospel with others. My sins, nor the sins of others bother me.
“Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge” Psalms 51:4
I spend my money on many worldly things and accumulate stuff, but give very little to no money towards missions, my church, Christian organizations, or others in need. I don’t seek to advance the Kingdom by giving financially, I only give out of obligation and to feel good about myself.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:19-21
I’m unconcerned about the affairs of and not fully invested in my church. I rarely, if ever, pray for the leaders and members of the church, don’t fellowship with the members of my church, don’t give to my church, don’t serve, etc. I only attend out of habit, obligation, or so I can feel good about myself. I can do without the church because it’s really not that important to me.
I’ve been in church for years, heard many sermons, and know what the Bible teaches, yet I still do not live for Christ. I say that I’m a Christian, but I live in constant disobedience to the Word. My life is filled with sin. I don’t have a true awe and healthy fear of the Lord, instead use His grace and mercy as a license to sin.
#5- Do I long to be in heaven with my Savior?
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;” Philippians 3:20
I’d rather be on earth forever, than in eternity with my Savior. My hope is in this life, not in the life to come. I don’t have an eternal perspective, I live as if this life is all I have.
“You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” James 4:4
Although we fall short and succumb to worldliness at times, if our life is dominated by worldliness, we should ask ourselves if we truly have been born again, and have a genuine saving faith.