There is a vast difference between worldly focus and world focus. One is a curse, the other a blessing. The Word of God speaks out against worldly focus: "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" (1 John 2:15). Any fraternizing with the world immediately puts one in the camp of the enemy: "…whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (Jas. 4:4). A love of worldliness, a devotee of the world, has no room for a constraining love for a lost world. His philosophy is "Eat, drink, and be merry," but God condemns such selfish, narrow ambitions.
The Christian’s attitude toward this condemned world should be one of crucifixion. "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Gal. 6:14). James says, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this…to keep himself unspotted from the world" (Jas. 1:27). Paul told Titus that he should deny "worldly lusts" (Titus 2:12).
However, there is a concern that God wants His people to have for the world. He tells us what condition it is in: "…the whole world lieth in wickedness" (1 John 5:19). He wants us to fully realize the world need and our responsibility to it. "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest" (John 4:35).
Look up and look out! That is the command of God. He wants to show you all for whom He died. They are entitled to know of His love for them. He knows if you sincerely love Him, the "look on the fields" will cause you to do something about it. The Lord has confidence in you or He would not have asked you to "look." It is the people who do not, will not, and have no desire to "look" that grieve the heart of our Lord. He is interested in the whole harvest. He wants you to share that vision and that responsibility. Will you?
– New Tribes Mission