I Cor 7: 29- 32 “But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, 30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, 31 and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away. 32 But I want you to be without care.”
The subtle hindrance right now in this world is ‘Materialism’. Materialism drives many godly people to fell for its prey. How? A godly man has a decent job and can run his family for the basic necessities and occasional recreational stuff. Now if the lifestyle of those who surrounds that man’s family is way higher, then the motive of ‘lifestyle increase’ slowly creeps into this man’s mind either by himself or by his family’s pressure. Now that forces him to look for another higher paying job. This creates a discontent over his current job. He thinks he deserves more and starts complaining about his current job. So he prays to God to give him a better job and his all spiritual focusing is whether God will bless him with a good job or not. Now the focus of the man is shifted from God to unrighteous mammon for a brief period or an extended period. In this time what he is doing spiritually is all focused towards money or betterment of lifestyle. So what is wrong with it? If the betterment of the lifestyle comes at the expense of our spiritual focus or God’s righteousness then our running is vain. Materialism will rob our faith in the Lord and slowly drains our spiritual strength or fire.