Ridiculously Not In Love With The World
1 John 2:15-17 "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 in possessions, is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever."
The instructions are really clear in this passage...Don't love the world or the things in the world! We can read that and then walk away. But if we do that, it's a shame. 1 John 1 begins similarly to John 1, God comes as man...the word spoken...becoming flesh. John then reminds the original (new believers) readers that Christians must walk in the Light...meaning we are to (John 15) abide in God or as Paul would say "abide In Christ." John moves to introduce Christ as the advocate and remind us on another level that our goal and focus is to walk in the light, be the light to others, and trust the truth that God has a plan. He then focussed our attention on the New Commandment which is to love our brother. If you do not love your brother, you cannot truly ever love God. This is huge. This is the context prior to our passage for today.
Then, once he says what and who we are to love, he writes the demonstrative phrase (DO NOT). It echoes the "Old Commandments" and that seems logically consistent with John communicating the "New Commandment." Isaiah has writing in Isaiah 40:8 that "the grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of God lasts forever." The theme of God's children abiding in Him, trusting Him, and loving Him by loving others is consistent all throughout scripture. How are you doing in this area of your life? Are you loving your brothers and sisters? Who are your brothers and sisters? Those who have professed Jesus as Lord are your brothers and sisters. This is so important that Jesus himself tells us that if we have "ought" against a brother and are in the midst of bringing an offering to the Lord, we are to drop the offering, go and restore the broken relationship, then come get our offering and finish presenting it to the Lord. God is serious about His love and He is serious about our love.
If you follow the progression of this passage you will also uncover the progression that needs to be present in our own lives today. We believe that Jesus came, we abide in Him, we trust Him as our advocate, we find the strength to overlook offenses (Proverbs 19:11), we love our brothers and sisters, and therefore don't have space to love and focus on the things of this world. You will find yourself loving the things of the world unless you begin at the beginning of John's logical progression.
Believe, Trust, Abide, Love, Walk, Be Encouraged Today!