1 John 2:12-17
Each of us has two options when it comes to the thing, or Person, we choose to center our lives around. We can either love the world or we can love God. What is the world? John answers that question by describing the world’s drives or values, “For 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.” (1 John 2:16) The pervasive attitude of the world is, “I can do it without God. I know best what I want and what will make me complete or acceptable.” If you love the world, you’re believing the message, “I need more stuff. My self-worth and significance demand it.” This is the world. But here’s the thing: Christians can still choose to love the world, to embrace it, to agree with it, and live out its ideas. And if we do, John wants us to know that what we’ve chosen to love, the world, is passing away. Those ideas and drives are going to be judged and destroyed soon. But those who say, “I’m done with the world, I’m done with the Performance Story, and I’m now going to let the person and work of Jesus rule the day” – that’s what abides forever.