Do not love the world and all it offers

June 13th, 2014

Today’s reading comes from 1 John 2:15-17 NLT. The title is, “Do not love this world”.

Verse 15 says, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you”.

This is a strong statement about loving the world that we live in. At the heart of this verse is a reminder that this world is not all there is – it is not our eternal home – it is only temporary.

Verse 17 reminds us that this world has a use by date. It says, “And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave…”.

In a sense verse 16 has bookends. Verse 15 says do not love this world and verse 17 reminds us to remember it is passing away. A day will come when God calls time.

In the meantime we live in this world as God’s children and live in light of eternity. We live as members of God’s eternal Kingdom and seek to serve Him in all we do.

We can not get caught up in the shallow things of this world. The things of verse 16 – a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.

John reminds us that these are not from the Father, but are from this world. So let us keep our hearts and minds focussed on God and His eternal realities and live in light of our awaiting eternal home.

Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:

Do you find it easy to get caught up in the things of this world mentioned in verse 16?

Does knowing this world has a use by date help you to keep your mind on this above? (Colossians 3:1-2)

God Bless,
Dave

 
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