Treasure What Lasts – My Daily Bread!
Our message today is taken from the warning given by the Apostle John regarding Christians and the World. 1 John 2:15, NIV, tells us:
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of the eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father, but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
What is it about the World and why is this admonition so important for us today? The world during any time of history can be defined as the present age of unbelievers and their value systems. Today the values promoted encourage seeking each his/her own pleasure or an individualistic perspective. In this ‘cast all your cares on yourself mode’ there is no room to be concerned with God.
It is interesting to note that nothing has changed in the world since John wrote this description over 2,000 years ago – the world is concerned with the things of man, not the things of God. Loving the world denotes seeking after fleeting, temporal things that will pass away. However, because God “has set eternity in our hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV) nothing in this world will ever completely satisfy.
God’s Word gives us our first indication of why we should not be lovers of this world. Jesus said “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18: 36, NIV) He also prayed to the Father regarding his followers and the world, saying:”for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.” (John 17:14-15, NIV) James 4:4, NIV, is clear that the world in all its splendor is opposed to the will of God: “don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God. Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God”. Paul commented on God’s view of the ‘sacred knowledge’ of the world when he said “Do not deceive yourselves. If anyone of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a fool so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” (I Corinthians 3:18-19, NIV)
So are you a fool for Christ or a fool for this world? Are you grasping for the things of God or holding on to the things of the world? If the world has captured more of your attention than need be, be of good courage Saints, Jesus has a ready solution – “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21, NIV); and “seek first the kingdom and His righteousness!” (Matthew 6:33, NIV) Be encouraged this day to treasure the things that last, not the passing vapor that clouds our view for a little while!
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