I’m learning that worldliness is not what a lot of us have been conditioned to believe it is. If you’re like me, you probably grew up in the Nigerian religious culture of seeing worldliness in terms of women wearing trousers, bright red lipstick, partying, and other visible “sins”.
While not discounting the fact that some habits are not worthy of a child of God, I must also draw attention to some things we usually do not pay attention to until we have become quite overtaken by them.
I am learning that worldliness starts from the heart. The desire to be like everyone, to be accepted, liked and admired by everyone will inevitably lead us to attitudes and behaviours that drive us where we shouldn’t go.
1 John 2:16 (NLT)
For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
What does it mean to “Crave”? It means to have an intense desire for something. To hunger, to long for or to yearn. All these synonyms suggest a powerful and emotional need for whatever is being craved for. Therefore if your intense desire is for physical pleasure or every material thing you see out there, is it not obvious that there will not be space for God in your heart?
I am learning that it’s easy to be proud of what you have, and what you’ve achieved. Your awards, degrees, your family name, and every other thing that makes you stand out. But all these things are really not yours to be proud of. They are all provided by God’s grace alone and allowing the accolades to puff us up will limit God’s grace.
James 4:6 (NLT)
And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
I’m learning that humility is an attitude. A decision not to get carried away by all that’s happening all around me. A decision not to flare up in wounded pride when I’m criticized and corrected. And I’m still learning.