I love the world and its things, its snares. But I’m not much of a Christian, if such is measured by things like church attendance. Bible study? Sure; not much. Prayer? Probably too much for some. But I just love food, drink, comfort, fast cars, whiskey, you name it.
Ah, but here’s the kicker: when I sit down and actually think on the things of this world, and I think on God and his son, I’ve got to admit: I love the Lord best of all. And if I had to, I’d like to think I could give it all up in order to stand in His presence.
John the Evangelist, my namesake, perhaps said it best, in 1 John 2:
15 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. 16For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
Knowing what might be God’s will is the hard part.
I try; we all do. A good thought to keep in mind? Think of what your prized possessions, your favorite food and drink, will look like in a year, a decade, a century, a millennium. Yes, our mortal bodies will be gone within a century, if not sooner for some of us. But our souls?
And that, brothers and sisters, is the forever question.