World Class vs Worldly

Here’s a thought provoking question for you…..are you a world-class type of christian or a worldly type of christian?

Maybe the definitions will help you some in answering that question.

World-class:

  1. Ranking among the foremost in the world; of an international standard of excellence; of the highest order
  2. being of the highest caliber in the world

You know.. being the best, foremost, first, top-notch, etc. You have world-class chess players, they are the best of the best at what they do. World class gymnasts, basketball players, business leaders and such. You get the picture here right? It’s being the best at what you do. Or being your best You.

Now lets take a look at the definition of worldly.

Worldly:

  1. of, relating to, or devoted to this world and its pursuits rather than to religion or spiritual affairs
  2. of or relating to material things

Being worldly is being fleshly & carnal. Your mind is on the things of this world. Most of the time that consists of gaining for your own self-satisfaction like money, material items and things of that nature. The world’s way of thinking is me, me, me. Me is always first in the mind.

So are you a world-class christian or a worldly christian? World class christian is one who has God’s agenda foremost in their thoughts. What is God’s agenda? The lost, the dying, the hungry, the poor, the widows & the orphans. It’s about helping others, loving others. It’s about love. A world-class christian is all about “What can I do to help”. They want to help relieve the sufferings of others. When world-class christians pray, they pray for the needs of others. They are interceeding on behalf of those hurting and in need, coming up along side of them to help ease their burden. They give because they have a heart for change, to further the kingdom of God. When they serve, they serve because there is a need and they can help fill it.

The worldly christian is one who has their self foremost in their thoughts. When (or if) they pray it’s all about them. They pray for their needs only. They give (if they give) only out of obligation not because they have a deep desire to help. The don’t want to give away their money because then it takes away from the things they want. They serve (if they serve) when it’s convenient for them, if it doesn’t interfere with their time & priorities. The worldly christian is all bout ME. ME, ME.

So what are you? I can honestly say that I have been a worldly christian a lot of times in my walk. Thank God I am a work in progress, continually growing, learning, & pressing forward.

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