Jesus calls his followers to be “in the world but not of it.” (John 17:14-18) Based on today’s passage of Scripture, how would you describe a “worldly” Christian? What sins are typically associated with worldliness by the church? Do you think the apostle John would agree?
“When we love anything that diminishes our love of Jesus and our willingness to follow him we are being “worldly” – even if that love is directed toward something ‘good’.” Do you agree with this statement? Are any of your “loves” causing your heart to drift from your Lord?
How can we tell when a legitimate desire becomes an “epi”-desire in our lives? Are there any areas in your life that are threatening your freedom in Christ? What can you do to guard against addiction (eg “slavery”) here? How can your brothers and sisters in Christ help you?
Which of the “loves” of your life (those things that consume your time, resources and emotional energy) will be of worth 5 billion years from now? What can we do to more regularly live with an eternal perspective – “setting our minds on things above”?