Loving the World

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”.

2 thoughts on “Loving the World

  1. Michelle Johnson

    I really enjoy reading your writings! This one particularly hit home as we just had a freezer
    thermostat malfunction that resulted in a fire. I was trying to think back about what were the first things I was upset about losing… I was at my mom’s for mother’s day. The cell phone service is very poor there. As I was leaving, my phone went crazy with messages. One of them said “Get home! Your barn burned down, your dogs are dead, your house is on fire!” My husband and I began to talk about what we would miss the most… He said the 22 his grandpa gave him when he was 4. I said photos, clothes, favorite down pillow. He said, his ham radio’s…
    Then we talked about how our family was safe. No people hurt.. The Lord is giving us peace and a great expectation for future blessings!
    As we pulled up , our house was damaged but still standing! We are camping in our travel trailer until we get a new house built.
    We have so much to be thankful for!

    Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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  2. Jim Perrone

    Very inspiring pastor Dee, it’s so easy to get trapped by the things in this world. I either lost or got rid of most of my “stuff” including my house and my car when I was battling drug addiction several years ago. Now other than another car, everything I own can fit in the back of a pick up truck. Strangely though, I don’t really miss any of it and a certain sense of freedom has taken it’s place

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