One of the major problems for most followers of Jesus in the United States is that they love the world and the stuff that is in it.
1 John 2:15 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.
That is a very serious verse, but very few people take it seriously. The greatest and most important command in the Bible is to love the Lord with all of our heart. The greatest barrier to keeping that command is all the stuff we own and all the stuff we want to own. So how do we know if we are loving the world? An easy test is how you act when something you own that is a favorite is suddenly lost, broke, or stolen. If you love it there will be pain when it is suddenly gone. Last week when my really, really nice electric trolling motor that had a gps and auto pilot on it that cost $449.99 fell off my boat to the bottom of Detroit Reservoir the first words out of my mouth were “oh crap”. Then I thought, “Lord, I love You, not that motor”, and then I said out loud, “I didn’t like that motor anyway”. Stuff is nice, but you have to hold it lightly. I sold my 1949 Ford pickup that I had spent 8 years restoring from a rust bucket. It was a very nice pickup with a Flathead V8 that ran like a top. I sold it because I was consumed with fixing it and always reading about ways to make it better. I was spending more time reading the classic pickup catalogs, forums, and books then I did reading my Bible. It is so easy to drift away from the Lord, and it is so dangerous, and the consequences if not realized and reversed are eternal. The cool stuff in the world is not worth not hearing from Jesus when I enter His presence, “well done good and faithful servant”.