Gal 6.14, 15 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Jesus Christ delivers us out of the “rat race” of this fallen world system. We are biologically and physically in this world, but as a result of His victory on the cross and our faith in Him, we are no longer part of this world. This understanding will impact the way that we live, and the choices that we make today.
The apostle Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Instead of setting our affections on this fallen world and it’s fallen pleasures, our affections are to be set, or fixed on things above.
How we desperately need the wisdom of The Holy Spirit to reveal to us exactly what that means as we go about our day today. How do we set our affections on things above as a young mother with young children constantly demanding my attention and three tons of laundry and housework? How do we set our affections on things above sitting in my classroom in college with my professor telling me the “scientific facts” of evolution? This I know. The Lord will help us answer those questions if our hearts are truly desiring to walk as new creatures in Christ.
John writes, ‘Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
The bottom line in this, beloved. We cannot have two masters. We cannot love the world or the things of the world and be faithful to Christ. No good soldier gets entangled with the affairs of this life. We live to please Him Who chose us to be good soldiers. This world and all of it’s pleasures are falling away. But for those who are in Christ Jesus, our final breath on earth is only the beginning of a glorious eternity with our blessed Lord Jesus. Cultivate that fellowship with Him today in all that you do. At His right hand, there are pleasures forevermore.