“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”
Before a person gets saved, they are bound by their sin and prey to this present evil world. Just like a captive is held hostage by their captives, the lost person is held hostage in their sins by this present evil world. Their sins are the chains that hold them in the prison of this present evil world.
However, when a person gets saved, they are delivered “from this present evil world.” No longer does the Christian have to be a slave to the world. In fact, Paul said in Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” God’s admonition to the Christian is, because they have been delivered from the world, they should never again seek to be “entangled…with the yoke of bondage.”
My question to the Christian is this, why would you go back to the place that held you bondage and sought to destroy you? Why would you go back to the place that took your joy to seek joy? Many Christians seem to forget what the world did to them and what God did for them when He delivered them. Let me make two statements about being delivered “from this present evil world.”
First, the world is not your friend. God calls the world, “evil.” Being evil is doing wrong with the intent to hurt someone. In other words, the world wants to hurt you. The world may put on a friendly face, but you’ll soon find out once you go after the world that the friendly face was a mask that covered its evil. God puts it best in James 4:4 when He says, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
Second, seeking joy in the world is a fruitless search. The world does not give joy; it only gives pleasure, and its pleasure is a temporary. Hebrews 11:25 says, “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” Sin may be pleasurable for a moment, but it will never give you the joy for which you seek. You will only find joy in Jesus Christ. Romans 15:13 says, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy…” The greatest difference between pleasure and joy is that joy doesn’t need outside circumstances to experience it because joy comes from within. Pleasures are totally dependent upon what benefits the flesh, but they soon end when the benefits are gone. My friend, you can have temporary pleasure and never find joy by going to the world, or you can have eternal joy by living for Jesus Christ.
Christian, let me admonish you to stop looking to the world to find joy. You were delivered from the world to live in the will of God. It is only in God’s will that you will find the joy for which you seek. You may seek for joy in the world, but you will only discover the evil hurt it gives. God saved you so that you wouldn’t have to experience the world’s evil. Don’t go back to the world that once hurt you. Have you forgotten what it did to you when you were held hostage by it?
Always remember that the world promises much, but it only delivers hurt. On the other hand, God challenges the Christian to enjoy His freedom by serving Him. It is your choice, but joy is only found in serving Christ.