You and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness. ~ C. S. Lewis
Worldliness is our default setting and something the believer will be required to war against all his life. How will he know if a love for the world is dominating his affections? What can he do to identify illicit loves that must be dealt with?
Here's a list developed from William Greenhill’s book Stop Loving the World that can be the start of a litmus test to help us purge worldliness from our lives. And since very few of us ever admit to loving any form of worldliness, may the Spirit provoke honesty within us so we get down to business of loving God and rejecting the deceitful enticements of the world.
1. To love the world is to highly esteem it, holding it in a high account.
2. We love the world when our thoughts are fixed on the world.
3. Men are said to love the world when they desire the world.
4. Love for the world is found in setting the heart on the things of the world.
5. We are said to love the world when we employ most of our strength in, on, and about the things of the world.
6. We are said to love the world when we watch all opportunities and occasions to get the things of the world: to buy cheap and sell high; to get great estates, houses, lands, and things of that nature.
7. We love the world when we endure great hardships for it.
8. Men love the world when they favor the world the most.
9. A man loves the world when he mourns and laments for the things of the world that are taken from him.
10. We are said to love the world when we are resolved to be rich and will have the world one way or another.
(Adapted from http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/2012/07/12/what-is-it-to-love-the-world/ )