Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)
The distinguishing mark of the Christian who is running on course is holiness. We are called to live holy lives. The idea behind holiness isn’t perfection, for none of us are, nor should we pretend to be. Holiness simply means, “Reserved for God.” It means that our lives are meant for God and should not be polluted by things that dishonor Him. John tells us to beware of carnality, materialism and self-centeredness. Don’t set your course by what pleases your flesh, fills your pocket or inflates your pride. A holy life is a life reserved for God and off limits to the devil.