On Not Loving the World

Key Texts: 1 John 2:5-7

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] 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. 7 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

I can’t say I have ever been too impressed by the “things of the world” – or at least those things that seem to impress a lot of people.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no saint living in the desert or in a secluded monastery somewhere.  I own plenty of things – enjoy a good movie, drive a car, like to dress reasonably well, eat out at a good restaurant and the like.

On the other hand, when I see the ads in a popular women’s fashion magazine or in GQ magazine or on television – well, it frankly boggles my mind.

I can’t imagine why anyone would spend the kind of money that apparently some people do on the things that from my perspective seem so transient, so fleeting, and so superficial.

As they say, “to each their own.”

Of course, I am sure there are plenty of people who might question why I buy as many books as I do, or buy expensive coffee on an almost daily basis at a certain popular coffee shop in town.

As I say, to each their own.

The point is this: the Bible makes it quite clear.  As much as we might “like” certain things – when like turns to love or obsession or a way to Lord it over others or feel smug…well, that’s a big problem.

“Do not love anything in the world….The world and its desires pass away but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

That about sums it up, don’t you think?

Take that, GQ.

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