Don’t love the ways of this world

“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”

1 John 2:15–17 (NASB95)

It is hard not to love this world, or this life.  Things are pretty convenient for many of us. We do not lack or worry about food, we have endless games, social media, and live streaming at our fingertips, and there is no end to leisure activities in which we can engage.  However, John is not teaching about that.  He is referring to the world as the broken down state of this earth.  The world here, in context, is darkness, sin, and systems opposite of the will of God.  First John is written to the believer, so for the believer to really love this world, one must compromise their love for the Father.

The world is defined of the cravings, and nature of sinful man, the lust and desire for more of what we want that satisfies the desires of the sinful man, and the pride of our accomplishments on this earth and what we can do, declaring we don’t need God, or His ways.  This is the product of the world, the worldly, and the lost.

May we not forget the last verse above, verse 17.  The world and all its sinful ways are going to pass.  They will be lost, extinguished, forgotten. They will pass when we do, they will pass when God brings all things here to an end, they will pass in His plan.  They are not eternal, but temporal, but the damage a commitment to the ways of this world can do on a soul, is eternal.  It’s all going to burn.

Nevertheless, the person who does God’s will never pass.  They will “live forever”.  Everything about the Father is eternal and everything about this world is temporal.   Are you a person that does the will of this world or are you about doing the will of God. IF you are doing the will of the world, the teaching of Christ, and the apostles are clear. You will be lost and pass away with the sinful, lustful, prideful ways of this selfish and fallen land, with its systems.  But if you choose to live for God, choose to do His will, you will never perish, but live eternally as your life will become eternal, dedicated and set apart for the Lord. You will never regret that kind of life.

Questions to Ponder

  • Is it your heart’s desire to do God’s will above all else?
  • Do you daily engage in the temporary and eternally destructive ways of this world, lust, cravings, pride, love of self, without remorse?
  • Would people and your family describe you as Godly or worldly?
  • How can we do the will of the Lord more in our daily lives?

Do Some Gaining!

8  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
9      The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.   (PHil 4.8,9   NLT)

Whatever we think about is what we have learned and embraced or received into our eye, ears, spirit. Then we practice those things.  So I am not a legalist, but we need to be aware of what is going into our mind, heart, and spirit.  There is a lot in our culture that has no benefit to God’s people, in fact it will damage us for it is not true, honorable, right, pure excellent or lovely.  Some things that are in the media or on the internet should be shunned and avoided. Some music is just no praise worthy and the lyrics, you do not want to dwell on.

So let’s learn God’s Word, and receive it into our hearts and lives.  Let’s take time to renew our mind (Romans 12.1,2) and give our mind a lot to think upon that is honorable and pleasing to God.  There has to come a point in our lives where we have to put the Lord before the things of this earth, and the desires that are worldly, not of God, not from the spirit.  We need to keep dying daily to the devil, this world, and our flesh (Gal. 2.20).  God will give us the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Phil. 1.6).   This world must grow dimmer, less important, less significant. The hunger for fame, material things, and interests far from God’s care must diminish and mean nothing.  I love Philippians 3.7,8. I close with that. Make it your prayer and desires that anything we can attain, that is not of Jesus, is worthless.  Gain Christ is better than anything!

7  But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
8      More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ?

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