Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.–1 John 2:15-17
“The possession of the whole world, and all that it contains–will never make a person happy. Its pleasures are false and deceptive! Its riches, rank, and honors, have no power to satisfy the heart! So long as we have not got them–they glitter, sparkle, and seem desirable. The moment we have them–we find that they are empty bubbles, and cannot make us feel content.
And, worst of all, when we possess this world’s good things to the utmost bound of our desire–we cannot keep them! Death comes in and separates us from all our property forever! Naked we came upon earth, and naked we go forth–and of all our possessions, we can carry nothing with us.
Such is the world, which occupies the whole attention of thousands!
Such is the world, for the sake of which millions are every year destroying their souls!” (J. C. Ryle)
In other words that which we crave, “the lust thereof”, shall fade, “passeth”, away. So why should we waste our time and energy in the pursuit of bubbles, things of no eternal value, instead of things that are of no eternal worth? May we pass this day with that question in mind. In doing so we will make wiser decisions and be all the better for it. –HDS