Daily Light – Jan 25, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
Taken  from an Article by 
Tony Reinke
Senior writer, desiringGod.org
 
Continued theme from Romans 12 – Do Not Be Conformed to the World.. 
 
(continuation and final of article from yesterday)
 
So we can love and treasure the day Christ will return. Or we can love the world. But we cannot go on trying to love the world and love the day of Christ’s return (2 Timothy 4:8–10). In the same way, we cannot love darkness and love the light (John 3:16–21).
 
Love for the light will die once the heart falls in love with the darkness. And this is how the world proves to be our love-killer.
 
When we talk about worldliness, primarily we are not talking about the substitutes of adultery and materialism and money. We are not simply warning against television shows too graphic and media too lewd and skirts too short. All of those things are secondary matters.
Curing the true heart of worldliness is not in the forbidding or what is forbidden; mending the true heart of worldliness must always begin with finding a core love worth fighting for — a love so precious that we will guard it with the proper holy jealousy it deserves.
The problem of worldliness only emerges with any real clarity in our lives once we have discovered our “first love,” a fundamental love, a central love for our Savior Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:4).
 
If talk of worldliness falls into hard times and does not surface much in our thoughts and conversations, it is not a sign that the dangers have disappeared. It is a sign that we have grown careless with the exclusivity of delight in Christ at the center of the Christian life. And once the jealous love is gone, the danger of worldliness grows more deadly and more invisible at the same time.  (End.)
 
Lord…  I pray that you will help me demonstrate my love for you by following you in obedience to what you say in your word as to what our love for you should look like if we truly love you.   I know my love for you is less than you deserve.  And I know that if ‘you’ do not incline my heart to love you more…I most likely will not grow into that person that makes you the highest love of their life.  I claim my dependence on your work in my heart and life.   Thus I pray that ‘you’ will work in me to give me the strength and desire to love you as you deserve to be loved.   Amen
 
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