Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?
This is just a snippet of the verse from James 4:4 the full verse is the following: “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
There is a real sense of urgency in the tone of that particular verse from James’ epistle.
To put it simply, the world hates God and doesn’t care to obey Him. We as Christians are to be a people set apart. We are called to love everyone, but we are not to approve of their sinful deeds – by doing so, we are aligning ourselves with the world and showing ourselves to be God’s enemy.
The people and material things of this world can be very enticing, but consider what Mark 8:36 has to say about this issue: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” In the end, nothing is more valuable than your soul – not even your life, why? Because souls are eternal, but our lives on earth are temporary.
I know that sometimes we just want to fit in and not make any big statements about our faith; it can seem like the path of least resistance. However, we are commanded by God to go out into the world and preach the Gospel, wherever God has placed us.
We serve the King of Kings, we are to obey Him with a spirit of excellence, He does not want us to help another master or be lukewarm, we are royalty when we belong to Him. The world is lost, and in darkness, we are the light of the world, and our unsaved family and friends are watching us. Dear believers, our lives are to be a picture of the Gospel.
Speaking from personal experience, the more that I have matured in my walk with the Lord, the less I care to be like the world. If you love Jesus, the desires of this world will go, and that’s when you will really enjoy the fullness of being free in Christ.