As a boy I would spend hours looking at colorful catalogues of model trains; the engines, carriages, miniature mountains, trees, buildings (and people) that might make up little worlds for me to control. I am sorry to admit that this very ‘worldly’ attitude has not altogether left me yet. What hope is there for someone like me? This final brief post on the theme of worldliness comes from Jerry Bridges.
Jerry Bridges wrote: “How then can we deal with our tendencies toward worldliness? It is not by determining that we will not be worldly but by committing ourselves to becoming more godly. We need to grow in our relationship with Him and begin to view all aspects of life through the lens of His glory. In the nineteenth century, a Scottish minister, Thomas Chalmers, preached a sermon called, ‘The Expulsive Power of a New Affection.’ That’s what we need to combat our worldliness. We need an increased affection for God that will expel from our hearts our affections for the things of this world.”
From Jerry Bridges in Respectable Sins – Confronting the Sins We Tolerate.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2 ESV
We really don’t need to worry that we will ever be ‘too heavenly minded to be of any earthly use’. The more the minds of Christians are shaped by heaven, (4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus… Philippians 2:4-5 ESV) the more useful we will be, to God, and to the world; the better we will be able to love God, and our neighbor, too. This first of three brief posts on the theme of worldliness, comes from Jerry Bridges…
Jerry Bridges writes… “Now let me review my twofold definition of worldliness. First of all, it’s a preoccupation with the things of this temporal life. Second, it’s accepting and going along with the values and practices of society around us without discerning if they are biblical. I believe the key to our tendencies toward worldliness lies primarily in the two words going along. We simply go along with and accept the values and practices of society around us without thought as to whether those values and practices are biblical.
“That’s why Christian young women will wear immodest dress. They simply go along with the styles others are wearing without stopping to think whether or not those styles are pleasing to God. And there is nothing overtly sinful in sports themselves. But if we simply go along with others around us, we can end up making an idol of our favourite team.”
From Jerry Bridges in Respectable Sins – Confronting the Sins We Tolerate