May 6, 2020
“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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.”
As a very young Christian, reading a verse like this would make me respond, “Okay, this means I need to hate everything in this world. Got it!” And then I’d be annoying to live with for a while.
But as an older Christian, I’m a little more honest with myself. Now I read this verse and I think, “Well, sure, but… there’s a lot to love in this world! I love beautiful landscapes, beautiful artwork, beautiful people. I love closing my eyes and savoring the taste of delicious foods. I love beautiful music, and I love the feeling of laying down tired in a comfortable place to sleep. So what does it mean to ‘not love the world’?”
There is much that further study might discover in this passage (compare to John 3:16, or Genesis 3:6, for example). For today, I offer simply this: Do the things of this world draw us closer to our loving Heavenly Father, or away? Do we gaze upon beauty in the world and appreciate the thing, or do we appreciate the One who thought it up in the first place?
What does your love stir within you?