Confusion comes before order. Living in this world requires the ability to solve problems. Without problems, there cannot be any reason for surviving. Providing food for the family can be a problem that makes life interesting. This world was never designed to be utopian; therefore, without problems this world is meaningless.
The utopian condition describes paradise, which is an attribute, not applicable in this world. Paradise is unachievable, and undesirable, as carrying no reality in the pattern of the physical world. Of significance is that this world is different from heaven.
Some preachers attempt to convince their followers that everything in this world is satanic. While true, to some degree, those preachers fail to articulate the dynamics of heavenly life, as compared to earthly life. It is impossible to understand heavenly life without understanding earthly life.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:10-13 NIV).
The above Scripture requires wisdom, or else it can be misinterpreted as being oxymoronic. How can Jesus talk about good management of worldly wealth, while despising the idea of financial accumulation, at the same time? To understand, it is necessary to effectively analyze what Jesus taught.
Living in this world grants the greatest opportunity for triumphal victory. But the triumphal victory is that of the spirit, rather than of the flesh. It is a question of what one does; during his physical existence. This is like attending school to either produce good grades or zero grades.
The one having produced zero grades would have had the same opportunity like the one having produced good grades. Who does not like to produce sterling results? Good performance, in any activity, requires tenacity and hard work. It doesn’t matter what it is that needs to be confronted.
Farming requires hard work, to produce good harvests. Winning a trophy requires commitment and hard work, before enjoying winning, in the end. Enjoyable sporting activities carry some possibility of getting injured. Heroes risk being injured, when participating in dangerous sporting activities.