I’ve heard more sermons than I can remember, let alone count, on 1 John 2:15-17. It reads,
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever.”
For the first time in my life, last week at Sunday School I really understood how this is so relevant to the culture we live in. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are not only part of the world we live in, they are advertised and promoted and taught by the world we live in. A quick glance at the magazines on sale at the grocery store and a few minutes of tv show that we are encouraged to want both sex and food in unhealthy ways. The ads for stuff- the new ipod, new clothes for this season, etc. etc. etc. say that you really do want more more more. My generation has been taught since elementary school that we are extraordinary because we exist, and now we’re in college classes that encourage us to believe in ourselves as the source of every good thing we need. If this isn’t the pride of life, I don’t know what is. The lie behind this is that we are told to take the glory that is rightfully God’s- the glory of creation- for ourselves.
I was challenged as HollyAnn and I talked to examine my own life to see where I am tempted to buy the lies sold around me. The love of the world ends. The love of God and he (or she) who does the will of God remain forever.
I’m looking forward to eternity.