1 John 2:15–17 (NKJV)
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
When I think of this world I think of the song “mud” by Rick Charette. For those of you that do not know this Grammy-worthy song, the lyrics go…
Mud, mud, I love mud!
I'm absolutely, positively wild about mud.
I can't go around it. I've got to go through it.
Beautiful, fabulous, super duper mud.
We cannot go around this world, we cannot avoid it… we have to go through it. There is simply no other way. It would be awesome if we could avoid the mud of this world and the sinful state it has become. But we have to go through it. Just because we have to go through it does not mean we have to allow the mud to stick to our soul. Romans 12:2 reminds us… (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God... This, of course, is proof that we can make it through this dreadful world without being conformed to it.
What Does It Take To Make It Through?
We must be steadfast in our relationship with the Lord to avoid the various traps the enemy has set for us. We must understand the goal of eternity, and keep our eye on that goal until we have achieved it. We must do this with a true dedication to the Word, knowing that it is the perfect will of God. 1st Corinthians 15:58 offering the following… (58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord... Our sight must be set upon Jesus as our role model. We must be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord. If we are always abounding in His work, there will be no time to even look at the temptations of this world, let alone fall for them.
The only way to avoiding the temptations and traps of this world is a steadfast, immovable relationship with our Savior. Set your sights on Him in everything you do and you will not depart His way.
John 14:6 (NKJV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.