the world in their heart
The World in Their Hearts: Ecclesiastes:3:11
Scripture Reading: John:15:18-27
2 weeks ago we introduce the idea of God putting the world in mankind’s heart to keep us humble. “He hath made everything beautiful in his time. (the world at certain time is beautiful).
We learned the following truths.
A. God actually make the world to be enjoyed. 1 Timothy:6:17 “God hath given us richly all things to be enjoyed.”
B. “Also God hath set the world in mankind’s heart.” God did it as an act of judgment, even condemnation upon people who chose to love this world more than they love God. Romans:1:21 “When they knew God, they worshipped him not as God… v. 24 Wherefore God gave them up…” to love this world, even in blatantly sinful ways.
C. “So that no man can find out the world that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” The purpose was not to condemn, but to humble and this world certainly bas the ability to humble us. Nowhere is this more easily seen than in the area of raising children. WE can never seem to find out our place “in the work God maketh…” in the area of raising kids.
I mentioned that I often read in Christian homeschooling post that we have to keep our children from the world… or from the internet because it brings the world into our homes… that we have to keep the world out….
The problem is this…the world is already in your home, It is in your heart, in your children’s hearts. And if they love the world, they will never love God. Teaching children to love God and yet enjoy the world God gives us and also to be thankful for it is the real challenge of our own Christian walk. To enjoy an be thankful with out loving the world.
And remember this, the world is not just bad things; it’s family, time, jobs money, health, food, cars trucks, clothes, shoes, sex, makeup, friends, music, sports, television, books, romance, bitternesses, regrets, successes, but not deer hunting.
Corrie Ten Boom, A Christian survivor of Hitler’s Ravensbruck concentration camp, said this. “I have learned to hold this world loosely. It hurts too much when God pries my fingers open so that I will let go.”
And remember this, the Human heart is in bondage to this world. It can not let it go…. WE NEED TO DIE TO THIS WORLD. This is a very hard concept to embrace because we can still enjoy it.
Galatians:6:14 “But God forbid that I should glory (in anything of this world- even religious accomplishments), save (or but) in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me (It is no longer available to me) and I unto this world (I am no longer available to the world.)”
Or “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ my lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things.” Philippians:3:8
For you and I as Christians, keeping the world in our heart is always a choice between loving God or loving the world. The unsaved have no such choice. We don’t have to be entangled again in that yoke of bondage. Galatians:5:1 CHOICE CHOICE CHOICE.
When God commands us to not love world it is because we have a choice to not love the world. 1 John:2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world…” you have a choice. AND YOU NEED TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO CHOOSE, TO MAKE A CHOICE.
It is an every moment choice, for the world never stops clamoring for love.
First, a disclaimer… When I said you couldn’t keep the world out of your child’s heart because it was already there…. It does not mean that you carelessly expose your child (or yourself) to all the filth of this world. IT DOES NOT NEGATE RESPONSILBE PARENTING. The world is poison and death.. The internet has many dangers and you must protect from them.
Many other things offer very obvious danger to you and your children.
Disclaimer or warning #2. Isolation is not healthy. I do gardening and hot house plants don’t do well in the real world. You carefully and skillfully expose your plants to night time cooling and day time heating, to irregular watering, to the rigors of life.
You do the same for your children. And it is true that some plants don’t make it and neithr do some children… But that is true also of isolation.
Hot houses are breeding grounds for disease… THAT IS ABSOLUTE TRUTH.
Disclaimer #3. Being saved does not exempt any one from loving this world. I know some Christian parents who are satisfied if their children pray a prayer and “get saved”. They want nothing more spiritually. And it shows in both the way the parents live and the kids live. They have little time for God. They make a little time for God once in a while.
Rather than living life in a “walk with God every moment”, they visit him once in a while.
2 John 4 “I rejoiced greatly that I have found of thy children walking in the truth.” Not visiting it.
3 John 4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.”
Fact #1 Your children, your family, your acquaintances will seldom if ever attain to a walk with Christ, loving him every moment if you don’t find a walk with Christ to be your greatest joy… If you don’t love Christ in every moment.
If academic accomplishments, sports accomplishments, career accomplishments, relational accomplishments, are your greatest joy. Than you will never know the joy of having taught your loved ones to walk n the truth and the joy of seeing them walk in the truth.
I want to share a story with you. A pastor friend of mine raised his children to walk with Christ. He has a daughter who is beautiful, inside and outside… She walks with Christ, seeks his will in her life… Her life has been very hard…. From the time she was a baby bad things happened to her.
The latest tragedy was a broken toe at work when someone kicked a piece of furniture onto her foot. Workman’s comp messed it up, the workman’s comp doctor also misdiagnosed the problem….
The misdiagnosing and mishandling of the case has progressed to the point now where the bones in her foot have atrophied… She has a condition in her nerves that is moving up here leg causing her leg to blister. The pain is unbearable…. Doctors kept messing up… until finally a specialist diagnosed it… and said it was so severe that they need to amputate her leg below the knee.
Workman’s comp denied the claim, and said she needed to go to a special therapy for 6 months (that openly admits it would only at best bring a temporary relief)
3 weeks ago she was scratched by a stray cat and the pain became unbearable so she went the doctor and was put on antibiotics. They didn’t help. They did blood test. She has gangrene in her foot. Now Workman’s comp will pay for emergence amputation.
I want to share some of what she said on face book. “My pain has increased in the last 2 weeks. I didn’t know it could get worse than it was.”
“God sent a cat to bite me, we didn’t know I have gangrene? The antibiotics are keeping it in check; but they have moved up the surgery date and workman’s comp has agreed to pay for it…. All these things that I felt were piling on were actually perfectly timed by my God. He loves me enough… Yes, I’m scared… (4 times she says this) … This I know, my God is huge! I am his child and his divine intervention can not be denied. My body is his and he didn’t bring me this far to stop taking care of me when I wake up without my leg.”
“My dad has taught me so many important lessons… during this time of my life. I truly believe that singing hymns in my darkest moments has been the greatest. I remember watching him when he was hurting, and he would reach for the hymnal, pull me into his lap and teaching me to praise God.”
Dad taught her to love God and not the world. But it doesn’t end there.
She has a 9 year old daughter. She wrote this on mother’s day to her mom. I have to edit the grammar a bit… “Mommy I love because you never stop. You keep going in life, you don’t stop and say to God, “why”?
You go to God and say, thank you for my pain.
Mommy, when you are in the biggest pain, I will be there, God will be there… I have hope.”
I am your pastor, and I have a daughter. She could give me no greater you than to love God like that… and You could give me no greater joy than to love God like that.
So how do you get the world out of your heart… Out of your child’s heart.
1. Teach them to hold the world loosely…
2. Be generous with your time and money and teach your children to give. DO IT WITH THEM. Find opportunities to give and serve. Create opportunities. Do missions giving? Serving? Volunteer somewhere… Help someone with chores, visit someone who is sick or lonely.
Be motivated by the Love of God in your heart. 2 Corinthians:5:14 “For the love of God constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. And the he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
3. Be a living example of loving before the eyes of your children, neighbors, family, no matter what things/ circumstances the world throws in your path. If you demonstrate that the world has power over you it demonstrates that the world is in your heart. Be above the world.
1 Thessalonians:5:18 “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Live for the glory of God, that is make God look great in your life…(even if you don’t look great).
Psalm:34:3 “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.”
Psalm:86:12 “I will give thanks to you, o LORD my God, with all my heart, and will glorify your name forever more.”
1 Peter:4:11 “so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians:10:31 “Whether then ye eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.”
4. If you want your children to not love the world, to not love the world, then learn how to suffer… Paul said “I have endured the loss of all things, that I might know Christ…” Philippians:3:8-10 More on this later this year.
5. If you want your children/family/peers/neighbors to love God and not the world, make room for grace in failure in both your life and theirs.
Ephesians:4:32 “and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
I know of no other way that is more likely to drive your children to bondage to this world than to fail personally in the area of grace; also to fail to teach it to your children.
Resentment and bitterness is bondage to this world.
Conformity to a moral and religious world may also be the result. Conformity to a religious world is not life in Christ, in the grace of God… It is passivity and creates Pharisees.
This is not the time to expand on this, but we will in the future be doing a series on grace… Lord willing.
Also grace does not negate the need for law. It presumes that there is a law that we sinners can not live up to.. hence the need for grace..
Grace makes a safe place for human weakness (which weakness all of us have). It creates a safe place to grow in grace, in Christ.
It is time to close this…Let’s make it personal. If God said to you, (and he does) “Give ___________ to me? How would you respond? Think of something that causes you anxiety and dread to lose.
The rich young ruler in Luke:18:23 couldn’t give up his wealth and he walked away from Jesus very sorrowful.. He walked away from fellowship with Jesus Christ.
Our entire fellowship with Christ is based upon whether we love this world or whether we love Him.