If you want to know how to avoid worldly things so that you don’t get sidetracked by them and end up missing heaven in the end, then this post is for you.
As a believer in Christ Jesus, it’s important for us not to allow the things of this world to overtake us so that we forget what really matters the most in our lives which is eternal life.
No wonder our Lord Jesus Christ warned us in Mark 4:19-21 that we must not allow the mundane cares of this life to overtake us so that we get caught off guard when He returns for His own.
There are many dangers associated with worldliness and the love of this world all true Christians need to guard themselves against.
Sadly, many Christians have fallen victim to the love of this world that has choked the love of God or the things of God in them which they find boring and uninteresting.
In this article today, we will discuss how to avoid worldly things of this world so that you don’t miss heaven in the end just because of the earthy things that will pass away one day.
What Does God Say About Worldly Things?
God has a lot to say about worldly things. He commands us to keep our eyes on him, and not on the things of this world. In John 6:63, Jesus tells his disciples that no one can come to the Father except through him.
In other words, if we want to have a relationship with God, we must be in Christ. Jesus Christ also warns us about what happens when we put our trust in earthly things instead of him.
In Matthew 6:24, Jesus tells us that we can’t serve two masters simultaneously as you will despise one and hate the other which is why He further said you can’t serve both God and mammon.
Mammon in the above verse simply means anything to do with money, material possessions, riches, wealth, etc. that can divert your love and attention away from God.
As Christians, our ultimate goal must not be to acquire wealth, earthly things, or fame which are corruptible but heaven where our true riches are (Matthew 6:20).
The Lord further goes on to say in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 8:3 that we must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from His mouth.
Concerning worldly things such as money, earthly possessions, or wealth, God also tells us that we are to be faithful stewards of what He has given us (1 Timothy 6:17).
Implying that we must not be careless with what God has entrusted in our hands so that they go to waste. In short, you must not waste the money or wealth God gives you but use it for His glory and to improve other people’s lives.
How To Avoid Worldliness?
There are many things in this world that are good and can be used for good. However, if we allow these things to take over our lives, they will become a stumbling block in our walk with Christ.
The Bible says that we are not to let the cares of this world get the best of us such that we become unfruitful in the things of God that matter the most in life (1 Corinthians 7:32).
We are to be diligent in our walk with Jesus Christ and set our minds on things above (Colossians 3:2). If we do this, our walk with Christ Jesus will be much more fruitful than if we allow worldly things to distract us.
Worldly things have a special way of creeping into our lives. They can seem so attractive, but they are not what we need. It is easy to get caught up in the material world, but we must stay focused on what is important and necessary.
So, if you want to avoid worldly things in your Christian life, here are some ways you can avoid being distracted by worldly things:
Ways To Avoid Worldly Things.
To begin with, you need to set an appropriate time limit for entertainment activities such as watching TV or playing games online. Make sure you spend enough time reading your Bible as well as praying each day.
Implying that you must not let the worldly entertainments of this world be what you spend most of your time on instead of spending more time with God reading His word and in prayer.
If you don’t do that, you will gradually find yourself spending more time on worldly entertainment than the things of God which will eventually stagnate your spiritual growth in your Christian life.
Secondly, don’t spend too much time talking with friends about worldly topics such as sports, worldly fashion or politics. Instead, talk more about spiritual matters and encourage each other in the Lord’s work (Philippians 2:2).
Be careful not to gossip about others or spread rumors about them which is worldly because it could lead to slanderous talk which God hates (Proverbs 11:13; Proverbs 23:9-10). Instead, speak words that build up instead of tearing down.
Furthermore, you need to set aside time each day for prayer and Bible study. You should not let anything interfere with your time with God.
Sadly, most Christians don’t spend enough time with God but can spend countless hours on worldly things such as watching worldly movies, sports, entertainment, etc.
This explains why most Christians are lukewarm in their Christian faith as the love of the things of this world has choked the love of God out of their lives, completely that 1 John 2:15-17 warns us in the New Testament.
Many so-called Christians nowadays prefer spending most of their time on worldly pleasures rather than going to church to be in the presence of the Lord, which is boring to them.
You also need to stay away from things that will take your mind off Christ or distract you from your purpose in life. These include television, being in bad company, social media, and other forms of worldly entertainment.
Stay away from people who do not share your Christian values or beliefs. If you find yourself hanging out with someone who wants you to do something wrong, do not go along with them; instead, tell them that you are going home and hang up if necessary.
No wonder 2 Corinthians 6:14 encourages all true believers to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers as they may draw you away from Christ and into the world with their worldly influence on you.
Don’t Love The World.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about loving the world is materialism. The love of money, riches, wealth, fame, power and other worldly things more than God is a sin.
These material things or earthly possessions are not necessarily bad per se but when we begin to love them more than God, then they become idols in our lives that God forbids.
The Bible tells us to not love the world. The word “world” in this verse is translated from the Greek word Kosmos. Kosmos means “order,” so it is referring to the order of things as they are in this world.
Satan will always try to get us to conform to the ways of this world, and he knows that if we love the world, then we will conform to its ways. Loving the world means being conformed to its ways, not loving God’s ways.
If we love something or someone more than we love God, then we are conforming ourselves to that thing or person instead of conforming ourselves to God’s Word by obeying His commands.
God’s word tells us in 1 John 2:15 that we are not to love the world nor the things that are in this world as all that is in this world is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life which are of the world and not our heavenly Father.
The love of this world is one of the major reasons why most Christians have become unfruitful in their Christian lives as the love they once had for God has been stolen by the mundane things of this world.
Don’t love this world nor the things that are in it which will eventually pass away if you don’t want to miss heaven in the end as this world isn’t worth missing heaven for.
I hope the above post on how to avoid worldly things will now help you not to love the things of this world that may make you miss heaven in the end.
Always remember as a believer, you are not of this world nor is this world your home, which is why your affections must be on heavenly things and not on earthly things that are perishable.
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