Loving the World

Posted: May 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

1 John 2:15: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Have you ever taken an honest evaluation of how much you love the world? Notice that I did not say “if” you loved the world? We all love the world to a certain extent. John was challenging us in this passage of Scripture that the goal we need to have before us is that of a singular focus on loving the Father. That love should encompass every ounce of us to the effect that their is absolutely no room for such petty desire this temporal world has to offer. What is so interesting when we begin to contemplate this is that God has some very creative ways to give us a divine distaste for the things of the world. He begins to temper our spiritual taste buds to desire finer spiritual fare; eternal nourishment. What we need to constantly reflect on is this. Earth is not our eternal destination. The things of this earth are not eternal. One day—all that you see around you will be consumed. I was reminded of a very sobering fact in a book I was reading. We are so caught up in the race of significance that there is one humbling statistic we fail to bring to mind. In 50 or so years, no one will probably remember you. That’s right. In a generation or two, everyone who ever knew you will be dead. How does that make you feel? Honestly? Good? Bad? Insecure? Why do you feel the way you do? Your assessment will give you some crystal clear feedback as to where your true treasure is. May our heart be ever drawn so close to God that we have a proper perspective on the stuff He decides to bless us here on earth with. May they not become a time-consuming, resource-robbing distraction that take our focus off of Him.

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