2 Tim 2:3-4 Take your share of hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier when in service gets ENTANGLED in the enterprises of [civilian] life; his aim is to satisfy & please the one who enlisted him.
Gal. 5:1 In this freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]: stand fast then, & don’t be entangled (or hampered & held ensnared & submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off]
We are not to have a relationship with this world & it’s system. The Bible talks a lot about this. Be not unequally yoked, the children of light have not fellowship with the children of darkness, & much more.
We are in this world, but we are not of this world. When you are entangled with this world, you are in bondage to it. When you are entangled with something, you can not move without it affecting you. You are tied to it you are in bondage to it. It has total influence over you & what you do. How can we do the work of the Lord, when the burdens & cares of this world are upon us.
To be entangled is to be entwined, involved with, entangle self with a fixed position (in place, time, state), both inwardly & outwardly) ensnared.
When I think of entangled. I don’t think of doing our regular job or talking to unbelievers, or going to a ball game. Entangled to me means someone is so involved with the world (or people of this world) that it clouds their judgment & their actions are those of a confused person. We are so tied to someone or something, that we can’t move without that thing or person changing the way we would do or the way we should be. God wants us to be free to be with Him. He wants us to be free to serve Him without being hindered. Even when I think of that I think of Paul when he says in 1 Cor. 10:23 All things are legitimate [permissible – and we are free to do anything to do anything we please], BUT not all things are helpful expedient, profitable and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but now all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]
The life application bible say this: Some people think worldliness is limited to external behavior – the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we enjoy. Wordiness is also internal, for it begins in the heart. It is characterized by these attitudes, 1)lust of the flesh-preoccupation with gratifying physical desires 2) materialism (list of the eyes) – craving and accumulation things; and 3) pride of life – obsession with one’s status or importance. By contrast, God values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and humble service. It is possible to give the impression of avoiding “worldly pleasures” while still harboring worldly attitudes in one’s heart. What values are most important to you? Do your actions reflect the world’s values or God’s values?
You can be entangled with someone or something, even if the outward man or circumstances do not reflect it. What is in your HEART?
There is nothing wrong with wanting a pleasurable life. God gives us good gifts that he wants us to enjoy. (James 1;17; Eph. 4:7, 1 Tim. 4:4,5) However Friendship with the world is seeking pleasure at others’ expense or at the expense of obeying God. Pleasure that keeps us from pleasing God is sinful; pleasure in God’s rich bounty is good.
We must keep are hearts on God and what he has for us. Do not look to the world and its system. And do not let people of this world drag you into their world. This worlds system is going down and God wants us to go up with Him.
Rev. 18: 9-10 Those who are tied to the worlds system will lose everything.
When we focus so much on what we have when the world system falls, we will fall too. So be not entangled with anyone or anything BUT GOD! Be free to be what God wants you to be. Look at your daily walk, who are you with, what are you doing, what has you tied to it??? Do not be entangle to it. Look to Jesus as your source of Life and you will stay free!!! Be free in HIM!!!