Don’t Love

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.

In first John 2:15, John gives a command to not have the habit of loving the world. Now he did not say, “that loving the material part of the world was wrong” (sky, mountains, etc…because it is good. Gen 1), but loving or being attracted to the world system that rejected Christ. We must not forget that as true Christians, this is not our home. We are just temporally passing through this world on our way into eternity (life is a vapor that vanishes away quickly. James 4:14). Do not get comfortable here.

I have heard it said that “if you are a Christian, this life is the worst it is going to get, but if you do not know Christ; this life is the best it is going to get”. I had a friend of mine that was a pastor’s kid that was trying to live two life styles (worldly and Christian). He knew the right things to do, but he really enjoyed living worldly, but he was feeling guilty for his wild ways. He wanted some advice so I told him, “That living your life as a half Christian, will make you 100% miserable”. He agreed with me, but sadly, he decided that this short life had more to offer. I did not get to talk to him much after that because he had gotten involved in some things that ultimately landed him in jail.

Basically, this mirrors the idea of Romans 12, about not conforming to the world’s way and thought process. This is a real test for today’s “Christians”, because if a “Christian” looks, acts, and thinks like the world system; he truly loves the world and “the love of the Father is not in him”. Ouch!!!!!! This life is short. Eternity is extremely long. Choose wisely whom you will follow: the ways of the world or Jesus Christ. There is no third option.

Joshua 24:15 …choose for yourselves today whom you will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”