Do not love the world or the things in the world.
Are you practicing hedonism?
Philosophers commonly distinguish between psychological hedonism and ethical hedonism. Psychological hedonism is the view that humans are psychologically constructed in such a way that we exclusively desire pleasure. Ethical hedonism is the view that our fundamental moral obligation is to maximize pleasure or happiness. Ethical hedonism is most associated with the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (342-270 BCE.) who taught that our life’s goal should be to minimize pain and maximize pleasure. In fact, all of our actions should have that aim:
We recognize pleasure as the first good innate in us, and from pleasure, we begin every act of choice and avoidance, and to the pleasure we return again, using the feeling as the standard by which we judge every good. [Letter to Menoeceus]
The more a man attempts to satisfy the passion for sin, the less satisfied he becomes.”
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Hedonism is living your life in deference to any or all earthly pleasures.
Hedonism is the pursuit of pleasure for pleasure’s sake. It’s also a school of ethics which argues that pleasure is the only intrinsic good. The basic idea behind hedonistic thought is that pleasure is the only thing that has intrinsic value. This is often used as a justification for evaluating actions in terms of how much pleasure and how little pain (i.e. suffering) they produce. In very simple terms, a hedonist strives to maximize this net pleasure (pleasure minus pain).
A total hedonist would try to gratify every desire as soon as possible and would consider self-control to be a form of suffering. A psychologist might say that such people are ruled by the Id, which rules early life. Toddlers are hedonists, for example, and throw a tantrum if their will is frustrated. As people mature, hopefully, reality sets in and they realize that sometimes pleasure must be deferred.
You could say that a hedonist takes the line: live life to the max today and don’t even think of tomorrow’s possible consequences.
The Bible teaches if the dead do not rise and there is ultimately no divine purpose or direction for human life, then “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”, but as you study the passages below from Gods Holy word, you will see that a very different future for those that continue to live a hedonistic life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
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. The world and its desires are passing away, but the one who does the will of God lives forever. – 1 John 2:15-17
No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. – Matthew 6:24
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:34-38
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. –2 Timothy 3:1-5
For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. – 1 John 2:16
Jesus is calling you to repent.
Turn to Jesus alone and cry out for him to free you from a pleasure-seeking life and heart.
The world offers more entertainment, bigger thrills and chills, extreme pleasures and greater luxury to satisfy discontentment, but the Lord offers a peace that passes understanding. Which do you want? Jesus said, “Come unto me…and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) He is looking for disciples – those disciplined by His teachings and matured by His grace.
He is looking for disciples – those disciplined by His teachings and matured by His grace. The apostle James wrote, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4).
If you want to be free of discontent and obsession, turn to Jesus, the King of Peace.
Ask Him to give you the power to overcome. His truth will set you free.