I was deeply challenged this morning during “coffee with the Lord” by the following passage:
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and the pride in our achievements and possessions. These things are not from the Father, but are from this world. This world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever!” (from 1 John 2:15–17 the New Living Translation)
I have to admit that passage provokes some deep examination and ongoing introspection. What do I love? What do I desire? What do I seek and pursue? Is it the things of God? Values tied to the King of Heaven? Or are the things I seek, desire, and find fulfillment and pride in, related fundamentally to the here and now – things this passage says are passing away? Things like fashionable clothes, expensive cars, a glamourous home in an upscale neighborhood, lots of “toys”? Is it power, position, prestige that I seek? Is fleshly gratification what drives my pursuits?
All of these things won’t matter a bit one moment after I die! Will the Heavenly Auditor – the Living God – be impressed when he assesses what I have put my time, resources and energy in? Kingdom values are what will endure! Everything else will be burned up… “Each person’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.” (1 Corinthians 3:13)
I was really challenged today! Good checkup time! Gotta tell you, I want to invest the time, resources and strength that God has given me in things that matter – that endure!