Nuggets from “An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith” by Dave Hunt – Knowing and Loving God
“I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection.” --Philippians:3:8-10
During the Temptation [of Christ] in the Wilderness, Satan offered to give Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world…and the glory of them” (Luke:4:5-6). He was not bluffing. This world really is Satan’s to give to whom he will. Jesus did not dispute Satan’s boast that this world had been “delivered unto me [by God]; and to whomsoever I will I give it.” The conditions upon which Satan offered this world to Christ were clear: “If you bow down and worship me” – which, of course, Jesus refused to do. Beware! For the kingdoms and glories of this world are still the favors Satan bestows in order to entice today’s recipients into worshiping him.
Like their Lord, Christ’s true followers refuse the kingdoms and glories of this world. This refusal includes the highly touted new world order, which will still be under Satan’s control. Christ has promised believers something far better – an eternal and heavenly kingdom procured through His defeat of Satan at the cross. As a result of that victory, “the kingdoms of this world [will] soon pass away, and in their place the kingdom of God will come to earth. Then Christ, together with those who have shared in His rejection and suffering (Romans:8:17; 2 Timothy:2:12), will reign in glory and ultimate joy forever.
It would be a denial of their Lord for Christians to bask in the popularity and honors that this present world may bestow upon them. That is not to say that a Christian should never be successful in business, science, the academic world, sports, and so on. Indeed, Christians should be the very best they can possibly be at whatever they do. But their skill, talent, and diligent efforts are to be expended for God’s glory and not for their own. This world had no attraction for believers; they neither love it nor its plaudits. They are not swayed from the course they must run (1 Corinthians:9:24-27; 2 Timothy:4:7-8) either by the world’s criticism or its compliments. They know that ultimately nothing matters except God’s opinion of them.