Members of the family of Jesus Christ yet encumbered by mortal frames, endure the daily trial of dealing with the world and the worldly. Each will face the question of whether the world is deviating from the path to glory or if the error is their own. Increasingly, Christians face charges of intolerance, extreme views, delusion, and even being dangerous, reminiscent of past eras.
The ways of Faith and the World parted when Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam and Eve chose worldly wisdom when the serpent testified that God’s rule was errant and false. ‘How foolish to believe that God will punish a little disobedience’, the serpent suggested. After all, Adam and Eve were so smart, so special, and so wonderful.
God’s people were spared destruction by faith as early as Genesis 6. All who chose the world perished in the flood. Noah was saved. Faith in God met with a sinful world and none but the faithful survived.
The War of the Worlds – Hebrews Chapter 11
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Sarah, all died in faith, confessing that they were strangers and pilgrims on earth. Nothing stopped them from returning to the country from which they came. Now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. God has prepared a city for them.
By faith Moses, when he became of age refused to be called the son of Pharoah’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward.
Christians will be faced with the choice of living more comfortably in the world or choosing the promise of greater riches and glory yet to come through Jesus Christ. The decision Moses made was a type of what we may face in the near future; the mark of the Beast or worldly affliction.
The balance of Hebrews 11 chronicles the various prophets and martyrs who considered the promise of God, by the power of faith, of greater weight than earthly suffering. The choice to be made was between today and eternity. They chose Eternity.
“They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy.” – Hebrews 11:38
“Of whom the world was not worthy.” That phrase sums up the essence of the battle between the world and faith in Jesus Christ. One or the other must be judged the poorer, the least worthy.
As you face your own daily battles with the scoffers, the social dictators, and the intelligentsia of the world, this is the choice you must make. Which opinion and rule will you obey?
Every worldly skirmish is between an agent of the serpent and the Spirit of God. You must decide which is most worthy. The choice is presented daily.
Who is Worthy?
Worthy is the Lamb, and worthy are they who by faith choose to obey and accept the true promise of Eternal Life. For such as these, the world is not worthy.
There are two distinct paths. The road forked the moment Eve tasted the forbidden fruit. Only one path leads to Eternal Life. When your faith collides with the world, remember that you must choose one or the other, the fruit of the world or the promise of Eternity with Christ.
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