“Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.” [1 John 2:15-17 MSG]
A convicting reminder today to read through this chapter and remember that this world (and my heart) gets so full of stuff that has such little eternal value. There is so much to be thankful for on this chilly December morning, and even though the gratefulness I feel is real, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the world’s stuff. The wanting will always continue to be there, yet it has no kingdom purpose. I want my day to go my way. I want to keep all those cookies for myself. I want people to notice how nice my stuff is. But this way, God says, is on its way out.
As always, it’s not about me. My pride must bow before God, which is definitely the last thing standing when I approach him.
God, I want to want what you want. When I weigh the world against you, your density far outweighs anything that makes up this life. Help my spongy heart find your righteousness to deeply soak in.