“You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way.” – James 4:4 (MSG)
When I read this passage this morning it really came off the page. The word that struck me most was the word flirt. Culture has conditioned society to think that there is nothing wrong with flirting when you are in a committed relationship as long as it doesn’t lead to anything. Once again, we have bought into this lie straight out of hell that is destroying churches, marriages, families, and society.
Many times we automatically associate flirting with the relationship between a man and a woman, but we seldom think of flirting when it comes to our relationships with God, the church, or our families. Any time we get caught up flirting with the things of this world were flirting with disaster and risk damaging other relationships.
- Flirting outside of your Marriage – When you flirt with someone other than your mate you are in a sense removing the adhesive that keeps it together. It is like taking a piece of duct tape and sticking it to a dozen different things or in this case when your heart flirts and sticks to a dozen different people it becomes less adhesive (less sticky).
- Flirting outside of your relationship with your family – when you fail to make your family a priority and you put your hobbies or your job ahead of them you are building a wall of resentment and discontentment.
- Flirting outside of your commitment to your church – Be faithful when it comes to serving your church. People depend on you to be there.
“A lot of people are using the Church, but not a lot of people are loving the Church.” – Mark Driscoll
- Flirting outside of your relationship with God – James 4:4 is specifically referring to this point. When we cheat on God by flirting with the world scripture says you become an enemy of God.
The most important thing for us to realize is seduction is all around us. Satan is going to do everything he can to destroy your marriage, hinder your family, distract you from serving the church, and blind you with lust for the world so you don’t fully love God.
Scripture is very clear on how we can be victorious when it comes to flirting with disaster.
“Say yes to God, quit dabbling in sin, purify your life, and quit playing the field.” – James 4:8
The player (playing the field) lifestyle is a lack of maturity and ability to commit. I think if we were to put this in today’s terms it would say: “Stop messing around, man up, get the crud out of your life, and take care of your business.”
STOP flirting with the things of this world. Whom or what in your life are you flirting with?