Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:15-17
This world and everything in it is temporary. Every earthly kingdom will fade. Every important name in history will pass away. Apple, Telstra, Trump, Coca Cola – these empires will not remain. Loving the world does not mean we cannot care for people OF the world, or be passionate about righteous causes or just pursuits. He is not saying here that we shouldn’t enjoy the world he has created for us. But anything that causes us to desire something that takes the place of God in our lives will inevitably lead us astray.
re we investing in kingdoms that are temporary? Are we ‘storing up for ourselves treasures on earth’? Or is our allegiance to building the kingdom of our creator and Lord? I am certain there are things in my life that distract me from Jesus. Momentary satisfaction like having status or importance in the eyes of others, financial superiority, ‘pretty’ things around me that make me feel like I have ‘made it’. These things in themselves aren’t sinful, but when we make them the object of our desire, they become sinful pursuits. All of these things take my eyes off what are really important. The rewards I gain in this world are only temporary but if I submit my life and my desires to God, the rewards are eternal.
Lord, reveal to me what areas of my life are taking my eyes off you. Reveal to me where my allegiance lies and point me back to true north. Thankyou God that your name ever fails, and that your faithfulness is unending.