“You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” - NLT James 4:4
“Adulterers”, there is a word most teenagers don’t use. The disciple, James, calls turning our backs on Jesus, in order to partner with the life style of this world, the same as adultery (the act of cheating on a spouse sexually and emotionally). Most of us would never set out to purposefully cheat on Jesus; but when we embrace self and follow our fallen desires, we can become sexually active before marriage, pass that joint, chug that beer, and join in on poking fun of “that kid”. In doing so, we have left the side of Jesus, and embraced another. Instead of being recognized as a friend of Jesus, which many times, will come with losing one’s social status, and put a target on our backs for ridicule, it is just easier to join forces with the world and its ways. It's simply easier to be a friend (act like) with those who don’t follow Jesus. Jesus understands this struggle, and so He uses a harsh idea to get across, a stronger reality. To follow self and the pull of this world, over Jesus and His love, is “adultery.” It is a stabbing in the back, a betrayal, and a cheating on. It is noticed by all, and Jesus wishes, like anyone in a committed relationship, that our affection and desire be for Him alone. Pray for Jesus to give you a greater love and commitment over and above the lure and pull of your flesh and this world.