1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 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. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
These are very strong statements, and I can only assume that the writer has stated this so strongly that it might arrest our attention- “ If anyone loves the world (the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life), love for the Father is not in them.” Strong words indeed.
The Bible warns us that we cannot serve two masters, and yet we live in a world that is continually calling for us to lust after things that are not of God. Our hearts can be so easily drawn away from the love of God. How do we fight against this?
It has been my experience that I need to regularly be drawn back to this perspective: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
The best way that I know to keep this true perspective is to regularly spend time with God and His people as I attend church each week. Of course spending quiet time alone with God is important, but there is something special that happens when I am with the people of God together worshipping in church.
Thank you God for the privilege of being part of a church that draws me back to you week by week. I know I need it!
Written by Shelley Witt