1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)
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 (MSG)
Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
“Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are 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 and sensual craving of the flesh and the lust and longing of the eyes and the boastful pride of life [pretentious confidence in one’s resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father, but are from the world. The world is passing away, and with it its lusts [the shameful pursuits and ungodly longings]; but the one who does the will of God and carries out His purposes lives forever.” -AMPLIFIED
The Apostle John is very explicit about this subject; you cannot love the World or the things of the World and still love God. Why; because we have been called to live a holy life; worthy of our Savior. We have been called to be separate from the World.
Paul spoke to the Corinthians about this same subject and he laid it out on the line quite plainly. “Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God.” -2 Corinthians 14-18 (MSG)
When we chose to follow Jesus we made the decision that He would be first in our lives. Let us be careful that we have not put our hand to the plow and then decided to turn back. Do not fall for the lies or traps of the Enemy who seeks only to destroy. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” -John 10:10 (NIV)
We have a choice: we can love the Heavenly Father and all that has to do with Him; humbly following His biding, gaining Eternity from our obedience or we can love the World and all the things of this World and lose our very soul in the end. This does not seem to be a difficult choice to make; yet so many people struggle with the desire of giving up the things of this World that tease and entice.
The Bible tells us that as children of God we should flee from evil. In fact, Paul gave Timothy these instructions; ” Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.” -2 Timothy 2:22-26 (MSG)
When we struggle with the things of this World, the desires of the flesh, let us remember this truth that the Apostle John spoke. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” -1 John 4:4 (NIV)
It is your choice: Choose the Father or choose the World, but choose wisely; for your choice will affect you throughout all Eternity!
Lord, temptations surround us on every side and we are touched by them on a daily basis. But Lord, I desire to remain true to you; no matter what the World tries to entice me with. Help me to keep my mind and heart focused on you at all times. Draw me closer and closer to you; that my whole vision will be filled with you and only you. I choose you Lord!