Then it was on to 16, ahhh , sweet sixteen!
At 17 you were sure that to be 21 would be the top of the world.
Then it seems you just turned around and . . . I am how old? Slow it down!
In case you haven't noticed, time is going faster. When we were just squirts, most of us remember long summer days, some even plagued by boredom. You just knew you had all the time in the world. What were we thinking?
Perhaps we felt that way because we were yet to have the world fully engulf us.
There are three definitions of the world:
- The material earth or universe
- The people on the earth
- The things of the earth
Behind all these is an orderly arrangement or organization. It is intangible, a planned system. In the system there is a harmonious functioning, a perfect order. Since Adam opened the door to evil, the world order has shown itself to be hostile to God.
Friendship with the world is enmity with God.i
Jesus said - My kingdom is not of this world.ii He has overcome the world and through faith we too overcome.iii
When we touch the things of the world, the question we must ask ourselves is How is this thing affecting my relationship with the Father? Is this God or Satan?
Christians overcome the world by being otherworldly.
We do not remove worldly things, but have our heart delivered from the grip of worldly things.
The fact is that time is going faster. We are indeed like the flower in the grass, here today and gone tomorrow.iv
It is a good thing to say stop the world I want to get off.
What you are really saying is YES to the kingdom of God!
James 4:4 Also: 1 Cor 1:21; Jn 7:7; 14:17; 15:18;
[ii] Jn 18:36
[iii] Jn 16:33; 1 Jn 5:4
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