Do not Love the World

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 of life—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. – I John 2:15-17

This verse is powerful! God’s yearning for our life is to seek identity and purpose in him rather than the shallow and misguided ways of the world. Does this mean we cannot enjoy music, movies and other types of media that are not “faith-based”? No. But does this mean we should stray from things that lead us away from pursuing righteousness? Yes. The roots of our faith should not be planted in the world, nor should they be fed by the world. We must seek nourishment and guidance from God alone. Yes, God alone! If we are to call ourselves Christ-followers, then we better be ready to be compared to the holy person of Christ. Now, does this mean we are expected to be perfect? No. But does this mean we are to strive after the goodness and perfection of Christ himself? Yes. But why? Because in doing so, you and I will both find transformation and change within our lives. Jesus is the model we are to fix our eyes on when chipping away the broken and fragmented pieces of our lives.”

– Ed Stetzer

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