Worldliness Lip Service

Worldliness puts us in a position of unfaithfulness in our relationship with God. He desires to be our first love, while we think that if we keep bringing offerings he won’t notice.  We honour him with lip service while our hearts are far away…

10 Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?

11 Judah has been unfaithful. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the Lord loves by marrying women who worship a foreign god. 12 As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the Lord remove him from the tents of Jacob—even though he brings an offering to the Lord Almighty.

13 Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. 14 You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.

15 Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.

16 “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty.

So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.
Malachi 2:10-16

4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
James 4:4

Malachi condemns the people of Israel for their unfaithfulness to him.  The Lord views their unfaithfulness to be like divorcing the wife of your youth to take up an affair with another woman.

James teaches us about worldliness in a similar manner in his book.  To be close friends with the world is to set yourself up as an enemy of God. James calls us adulterers when we do this.

God desires to be our first love. He was, in fact, the first to love us. As we see in Revelation 2, God will hold it against us if we forsake that first love.

We think we can silently get away with it in how we live.  Perhaps if we keep bringing offerings to God he will overlook our waywardness. And then we find that God does not see our offerings as worshipful or acceptable to him.  Why?

Because he views us in that situation like the people in Isaiah 29:13 who honour him with their lips, while their hearts are far from him.  Is that you today? Are you flirting with or cheating with the world on the God who loves you?  You say the right things at the right time, yet you have eyes for someone else?

God sees.

He is calling you on your crap.

Come back to him and be faithful to the one who has always been faithful to you.


Marc Kinna


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