Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The World, The Flesh, and The Devil
Good Lord, deliver us.
Book of Common Prayer This morning, I was reminded by Tim Keller that we Christians are facing a three man tag team, the world, the flesh, and the devil. While fighting one of these opponents, don’t forget there are two more standing outside the ring ropes just waiting for the moment when the referee turns his back. The world contains all sorts of temptations. Advertisers make certain that we know that the world is filled with really cool, sexy looking people enjoying every good thing that life has to offer. “Here, try one of these, little girl. They will not harm you.” Then our flesh kicks in. We want to be one of those cool people. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life are a part of all us, a part of being human. No matter how “spiritual,” we want that luxury vacation to Europe. We want a diamond tennis bracelet that costs more than a new car. We want the job that comes with the corner office on the top floor of the headquarters building. We want to have sex with somebody who looks like ……? Go ahead, be honest and fill in the blank. I’ll never tell.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.