When we usually hear the term “sell-out,” it is usually in a derogatory manner. Someone who is a sell-out has forsaken an alliance for another. We have to become “sell-outs” for Christ. We have to remain commitment to Christ and the faith. We have to forsake the world and the lusts thereof. If we are not careful, the world will ensnare us with its enticements.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (I John 2:15)
We have to break our allegiance with the world. We cannot think, act, and live as unbelievers. In addition, we have to become sell-outs to friends and family at times; if not, we will not be able to say assuredly that we do not love the world. We cannot allow friendships and family relations to stunt us in our growth. Jesus challenged His listeners in this regard,
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 (KJV)
We must have healthy family, friend, and other interpersonal relationships. These will help us to overcome the world and not submit to its seductions. Acquaintances can sometimes keep us in familiar patterns and habits. To break this, separation is sometimes needed. Separation is not always a physical separation. However, a separation from the influence of ungodly family and friends is required.
We must also forsake selfish motives, ambitions, and desires. These attributes will bring stagnation to our spiritual growth. We must recognize them and remove them. This is the only way we can avoid the allure and attractions of the world.
We must remember to forsake the world and its lusts, forsake the influence of ungodly family and friends, and forsake selfish motives and ambitions. If we will do these things, we can give an answer to the question of whether we love the world or no. If we do not love the world, our commitment to Christ can remain unwavering.