The First Letter of John
1 John 2:15-17 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.16 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.17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
What’s more important; the things in your life or your relationship with God? Before you answer that, pause. It’s easy to jump at answering what we know we’re supposed to say, but take a moment. Think about what really matters in your life. How do you spend your money? Your time? What do you pursue? Now is your answer still the same?
It’s tempting to be overtaken by our flesh, to give into every craving we have for pleasure or entertainment, or material things. But those things won’t last and they don’t matter. They’ll be here one day and gone the next. These things rot and rust, they deteriorate and fail to satisfy. But God is eternal and He’s never going to leave us. Shouldn’t we put more into walking with Him than we do in walking in worldly desires?
John goes so far in God’s Word to say that if we love this world we don’t love God. Let that sink in. If you spend more time trying to gain pleasure out of this life than you do trying to walk in God’s will, then you really don’t love God. It sounds harsh, but put it in human terms. If I marry a woman and then spend most of my time trying to make myself happy through every means besides her, then do I really love her? If God is really our love, then we should be pleased by Him and not need all of the other things of this world. They won’t matter to us because all we’ll want is more of Him.