“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
I John 2:15-17 NKJV
I used to be a lover of all things gadgety. I had to have the latest smartphone, or the latest electronic thing on the market. I would anticipate the hunt for the gadget, and get a buzz from laying down my hard earned money for it. Sadly, the thrill would only last a moment, as a newer, more powerful one would appear and suddenly my acquisition would appear to be a waste of money and not good enough. I was loving things that were passing away.
I also had a love of the things of this world, a desire for significance derived from owning things that were subject to entrope, that would eventually fail. When I look at my life in general long ago, I was one seeking the experience, seeking the temporary fulfillment. I was one with the citizens of the world culture, seeking the trending things, spending hard earned money, only to discard them when they were no longer in fashion.
Far too many people who profess to believers, approach God in the same fashion. I have seen so many flock to devotionals about God, containing little of His word. They worship to music that might have a spiritual sounding chorus, but contains none of the doctirine, and even less of the blood. They are not getting a true sense of the what Jesus did for us on the cross.
I did that a lot in my early days. I got a couple Scripture snacks, some kind of topical lesson, and off I would go into my day. I learned over time that I needed more. As I devoted more and more of my energy to seeking the things of God, of delving dedep in His word, prolonged time in prayer, I found that I had less and less tolerance for the things of this world.
I have also noticed that my value system began to change. A great time seeking the Lord in the Scriptures was more fun than television, and listening to a good sermon was more fun than spending time with people.
I can say that I have fewer and fewer connections to this world. I have no idea who is who in pop culture, and would not know what was playing in Top Forty radio, whether it be popular music or even contemporary Christian music.
I have a strong sense that I am embracing things that have permanance, that are not passing away. I sit here listening to Brian Doerksen’s TODAY album. It came out in 2004, but is as fresh today for me as it was when I heard it live at Grace Church during a concert.
Believers, I urge you to seek the things of God. We are living in a time when this world is passing away. There is no benefit in clinging to dead things, even less to loving them. When I look at the world I feel like I am looking at some strange horror movie, as people behave like necrophiliacs, loving dead things, and invariably being soiled, as the inevitable decay invades their lives.
I know that I have an anchor in eternity, that my faith in Jesus will last. I know that when this frail body breathes its last, I will enter an eternal and steadfast abode that will never be frail, will never pass away.
Brothers and sisters rejoice in our great salvation! Rejoice in the fact that you have an inheritance that will never fade, never be obsolete, will never be void. Go out and tell the world, filled with people worshiping death, that Jesus defeated death and overcame the grave.
Brothers and sisters let us go from being necrophiliacs to being theophiliacs, from lovers of death, to lovers of God.
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.””
Revelation 21:3-4 NKJV