A choice to make

1 John 2:15  Do not love the world or the things 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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

You know from Jesus’ own words that you can’t serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).  If you’re fully devoted to God, you can’t be devoted to this world.  There are good things in the world, after all, God created it.  But He created it for His glory and when we devote ourselves to the creation instead of the Creator, we find ourselves in sin.

There are a lot of tempting things all around us.  Things that, if we allow ourselves to be distracted, can consume us.  Possessions can possess us and desires can overtake us.  There’s only one way to overcome the world and it’s to follow the One who overcomes the world (John 16:33).  The One who created and sustains it can use us while we’re here on this earth, but only if we choose Him over all of this.

There are no regrets to be had if we pass up sin.  The things here that seem so wonderful are fleeting, they’re dying.  But when they’re all gone, the Lord will endure through all eternity.  His love never fails.