15 Do not love the world nor 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 lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2: 15-17
We believers are in the world, but not of it. We’ve actually been transferred out, and we’re waiting to catch a plane.
13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14
While grounded we’re tempted to partake of what the world has to offer.
Picture this. The world is Las Vegas. But what we do here doesn’t stay here. It’s well known to the Father in heaven, and with many he’s not well pleased.
The flashes of skin, the neon lights, the draw of the blackjack table are the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life. These are what the world offers. Thing is about all the bright lights, they all can go dark with a flip of a switch. Following after God is to be drawn by the eternal light.
A couple of takeaways.
We’re in the world. If we love its things the love of the Father’s not in us.
We can’t have two masters. So you’re either being lured into sin, and perhaps you don’t possess the power to resist, or you’re seeking to do his will.
All that’s in the world will fade away, but the consequences of our seeking after these things won’t.
For some, you need to stay in and follow the one true light of his word. For others, isn’t it high time you change planes? It’s one gate over. You won’t regret it. You can bet on it.