Walking in the World
Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
If you’ve ever been to the beach and gotten into the water, you probably noticed that after ten or twenty minutes of splashing around you didn’t quite recognize your surroundings. Sure, the beach was still there but everything around you was a little different. The current caused you to drift down the shore! Today we talked about a similar idea but in our spiritual walks as we looked at 1 John.
On our journey with Christ, we are all prone to drifting from Jesus. John lists three ways that Satan tries to sweep us away in the current of the world in 1 John 2:16,
- The lust of the flesh
- The lust of the eyes
- The pride of life
Anything in these categories will be appealing and seem beneficial, but in the end will set us adrift. So we have to discern the truth so that we do not drift from Jesus through deception.
With enough deception, oftentimes people drift away completely through defection. They give up the fight and leave. This was a big problem in the first century that John addresses in his letter, because so many people were trying to pull other followers away from Jesus. John calls them “antichrists” in 1 John 2:18, literally meaning “against Christ” or “instead of Christ.” This problem still exists today. Chances are, you either know someone who has been pulled away from their walk with God by a friend or some other pursuit, desire, or object.
No matter what happens in life, we cannot lose sight of Jesus. Drift will happen to everybody, but if Jesus is our focal point, He will always get us back on course.
Verses and quotes from the message:
3 John 4; 1 John 2:15-29; 2 Corinthians 4:4; John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11; Ephesians 2:2; John 8:44; James 4:4a;
“It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” C.S. Lewis
Big Idea: Drift happens. Don’t lose sight of Jesus!!!
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