Friday, May 27, 2011

Do you love the world?

The first 10 verses f James chapter 4 are about as straight forward and powerful as any other 10 verses in the Bible. We would do well to read, re-read, meditate on, and memorize these verses. As you read them it is not difficult to see why most people would prefer to read them once and forget them.

James begins the chapter with, basically, pointing out the reality of our discontentment. He follows this up quickly with the fact that our prayers are useless when the condition of our heart is wrong.

James 4:1-3
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

I don't think there is any doubt that all of us either have, or still do, pray selfishly. Until we are abiding in Christ our prayers are primarily ME-ME-ME. If we are seeking God, and His will for our life, we will eventually get to the point where we realize that it is not about us, it is ALL about Him. However, until we are a new creation in Christ we love the world, we love us, we are selfish, self seeking, and prefer self gratification above all else. God makes it clear in His Word (as to eliminate any confusion), that to live for the world and the desires of the flesh keeps the wall of hostility between you and God firmly in place.

James 4:3
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
This chapter reminds me of a song by Cody James:

All these years I've been a selfish soul trying to fit in to the world but you set me free and with humility I pray Lord mold me, guide me, change the man inside me to be more like you to reach the lost and feed the multitude
-Cody James

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