Ezekiel 45-46 1 John 2
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you. These are the ways of the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. None of these come from the Father, but all of them come from the world.” (1 John 2:15-16 NCV)
John would not believe that it was possible to integrate worldly thinking into faith. Following God was living in the light. Living in the world was living in the dark. He’d later use a metaphor about people being hot or cold for the Lord, instead of being lukewarm. The gist of both messages is the ways of the world are not compatible with God’s ways. What is living in the world like? When you live in the world, you seek to please yourself, you want all the sinful things you see, and you’re proud of what you do have as if everything you have is your own doing instead of God’s. I don’t think John would be comfortable reading most social media feeds from our day.
What is it that we want from life? The satisfaction the world gives stem from satisfying personal pleasures and wants while greedily holding on to everything one has. Material things and personal possessions are the judge of success in the world. In our world, he who dies with the most toys wins. That’s not God’s way. Those who seek after God know that he who dies with the most toys, dies. After that they must face God and account for their actions. Accumulating stuff and sating our personal desires comes to no good end. Following God and using what He has given us to help others reveals a good relationship with God. The truth is that if our relationship with God is good, we show it by sharing His love with others. We measure success not with bank accounts and piles of stuff, we rejoice in it each time we get to tell others about the love of Jesus.
Lord, help me be successful in Your eyes. Let me show Your love to people and not be obsessed with fulfilling earthly desires.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.