“Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
I can wake up and gaze upon a beautiful sunset or stand in awe of majestic mountains with snow-topped peaks or a blue ocean that never seems to end. That is this beautiful world. But that’s not the meaning of the word "world" John uses in this text. He is referring to the present condition of human affairs, the order, arrangement, and the corrupted systems. This world can entangle us and keep our eyes, hearts, minds, our affection, and attention off God. The temporary pleasures and delights of this world can captivate us and entice us to be led astray by a love of them. If we love the world, the love of the Father is not in us.
Do we seek and pursue comfort in the lusts of the flesh? Are we in continual sexual sin? Do we crave attention, with all eyes on ourselves or our physical bodies? Do we glorify self in a prideful way? Do we covet what others have? Is it a constant desire of wanting more by trying to keep up with technology? Are we prideful about what we have or what we do?
I am not implying that Christians don’t sin, but the question we need to ask is, do we find ourselves living in these continuous sins, easily in love with the things of this world with no conviction, repentance, or fruitful change in our lives? If so, then this is what John was saying in this text; if we love this world, then the love of the Father is not in us. We can’t be split, part of us in love with this world, and the other part in the Church as a professing Christian showing nothing of the life and power of Christ in us.
Sisters, repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Then focus our eyes, hearts, and minds on Him. This world is not our home; we have an eternal home that awaits those of us in Christ. Our desires should not be for the passing lusts of this world. This corrupted world is temporary and passing away, but the will of God is unchanging and permanent. Let us remain in Him.
Father, keep me grounded in love of You, not love of this world. Forgive me for sin that pulls my affections away from You. Allow your Holy Spirit to work for true conversion in my heart and mind.
We can test and examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Do some spiritual self-examination, sisters.
About the Author
Kelly Smith is one of our devotional writers and also a writer for Women’s Hope Project. Kelly is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She works full time as a virtual business manager. Her hobbies include writing and baking. Kelly has a passion for studying the Word of God, doctrine, theology, and sharing what she learns with women around her. Kelly lives in Florence, Alabama, with her husband of 15 years and her rescued fur babies!