I love it!
1 John 2:15-17
Verse 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Yesterday we discussed how the rich, foolish farmer was selfish with his abundance and how we can be that way too. Today we leave the text of the parable to a passage by John, one of Jesus’ special disciples. He tells us how serious Jesus is about how we view of the things in our lives.
John starts out this short passage with the clear command that we are not to love the world or the things in it. He couldn’t be clearer that we should not be consumed with these things. He goes on to say that if we love the things of the world that the love of the Father can’t be in us. He had walked with Jesus and was a close friend, one of the very closest (Jesus gave care of His mother to John). John knew Jesus and knew His teaching better than most and here he is telling us that Jesus said that you can’t love the things of the world and have God’s love in you. Do you feel like you just got a sucker punch to the stomach?
Jesus had a clear understanding of the number one commandment – you MUST love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. To love God as He deserves is to be wholeheartedly devoted to Him. Jesus was clear that we can’t love God as we should if there are pieces of us that are too attached to the things of this world.
It isn’t that having things is totally wrong and that we should live in a cardboard box and not own anything. It isn’t that it is wrong to own things, the problem comes when the things own us and our time and energy. It is having to work two jobs so we can have the newest cars or the biggest house or newest kind of TV, computer or video game. When we can’t find time to study our Bible because we are having to work hard at the landscaping to make sure the yard looks bigger and better than the neighbor’s.
When we turn our eyes from God to the things in our lives it shows that our love is not for the Father. We can’t have divided allegiance. We are either lovers of God or lovers of self. To crave the things of this world says that we are greedy and as selfish as the rich, foolish farmer.
Making It Personal
What things of this world do you crave? Do you ever find these things coming between you and God? Would God say you love Him or things more?
Making It Personal Kids
Why doesn’t Jesus want us to love things more than we love Him? How do we stop loving things more than we love Jesus? Is there anything that you love more than you love Jesus?
Father, forgive us for the times we have become consumed with the things of this life. Help us know how to love You more than anything. In Jesus’ name, amen.