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 https://bible.com/bible/114/1jn.2.15-17.NKJV
The things of this world bring a snare.
Lust and pride are dangerous and can kill faith.
Matthew 13:22 NKJV — “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”
Thus, we must be on our guard, at all times.
Because pride is easy.
And desire breeds the idea we deserve…
Our flesh, stirred up by the enemy, wants to follow after these things.
Jesus taught that all the things and the pursuit of them isn’t following God.
Instead, He clearly explained that loving God is the opposite.
Matthew 6:24 NKJV — “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Matthew 6:33 NKJV — “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Jesus’s parable of the seed and the soils (Matthew 13:3-23) provides a perfect word picture.
The Gospel is the seed and the ground is our hearts.
Matthew 13:23 NKJV — “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
What type of soil we are has a great deal to do with what we choose to do with the Word.
No one is immune to the temptations of the things of this world, but we can focus on Jesus and His Word.
Romans 12:2 KJV — And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Let’s be wise and prudent gardeners, pulling up the weeds and allowing the Lord Jesus to water the seed with His scripture and prayer.
Colossians 3:1-2 KJV — If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
We can live in today, praising God for His gifts and blessings, being thankful for what we have and the beauty of creation all around us.
We can walk with Him in humility and love, remembering this is not our home, we are simply travelers, on our way to Paradise.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word. Lord, please help me to be on guard against pride and lust and the love of things. Lord, help me to instead love people and to walk with integrity before You. Lord, help me to see the snares and tricks of the enemy and to be wise about what I look at, what I listen to, what I meditate on. Lord, this world is passing and my life is fleeting compared to eternity. Please help me to live for You today and not to be choked out by the cares of this world. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.