1 John 2:15-17 15Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]–these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]. 17And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever.
Not only are we not to love the world, we are not to love the things of the world. When you first hear that you may think “That’s great for me, because I don’t love the world, I’m a follower of God.” But take a good look at everything included in this admonition. Not only does loving the world mean having the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, it also means the pride of life or having confidence in one’s own ability or in the stability of earthly things. Where we may not have a problem with going out and blatantly sinning, how often do we put our trust in what we can do, our own talents and abilities? How often do we base our stability on our jobs, our homes, how much money we have in the bank? Is our peace tied to what we have, or do we trust in God so completely that no matter what the economy looks like, no matter what we have or don’t have, we remain steadfast in our walk with Him?
We must remember what Jesus said in Matthew 24:35 Sky and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. The things of this world will be gone one day. It doesn’t matter how much we accumulate, what achievements and accomplishments we may have gained or what we have built here on this earth. One day they will all pass away. Matthew 6:19-21 tells us 19Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal. 20But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal; When all is said and done all that will last is the Word of God. If we base our lives upon the Word, being a doer of it’s instruction, the things we do will have an eternal impact. Look at the last part of our passage today- The world will pass away, but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in life remains forever. I don’t know about you, but I want to be someone who can look back and know that my life was worth something. That I didn’t spend it chasing after the temporal things this world has to offer, but that I did all I could to obey God’s commandments and store up for myself an eternal treasure that will last forever.