What Does It Mean To Love The World?

21 Feb

1 John 2:15-16 – 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

This is a very important question to answer especially in today’s world.

What does it mean to love the world?

Does it mean giving it all your time and almost none to the Lord?

Does it mean making all your plans for now and not for the Kingdom?

Does it mean putting it first before Jesus?

I think its yes on all three and especially the last one.  If we put anything concerning this world before Jesus, were loving the world. 

We’re not even supposed to put people in front of Jesus, let alone anything of this world.

 Luke 14:26 – 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.

As I have stated in earlier posts, God is love, so the hate in this scripture means to not even come close to putting one’s family or oneself in front of their relationship with Jesus.  If we want to be a disciple, we need to make Him the first and foremost of our lives.

We put money away for the kid’s college.  We put money away for retirement.  We plan our vacations.  Yet most people have no plans on how they want to present in front of God and Jesus when they die.

If we aren’t spending enough time with Jesus, what’s taking up that time?

The world can be gone in an hour for people, or sooner.  A nuclear war, one’s own death, an asteroid hitting the earth, and all one’s worldly progress is done.

However, your love for the Lord and your relationship with God and Jesus are forever.

Shouldn’t we be investing into the most important thing in eternity, rather than a temporary world?


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