“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. (1 John 2:15-16 NKJV)
I want to say that I’ve been sitting here wracking my brains trying to figure out what to write here.
The truth is that I haven’t been doing that.
To be honest, I’ve been doing everything but trying to figure out what to write.
I’ve been doing exactly what this blog was originally meant to tell people not to do: get caught up in worldly things.
Today I had the opportunity to work from home. It’s not a thing that I do regularly (not that I mind) but when I do, I can work from the little office we have here on our third floor. I’ve got a desk with a couple of flat screen monitors and a nice keyboard. Keep in mind that this isn’t my setup; this is my wife’s. She’s been struggling to find a job but that’s a whole other blog for another day.
Anyhow, where was i? Yes, the office. There’s also a nice flat screen TV up here that we can turn on for background noise.
And that’s where the world comes in.
I started with the title of the blog and quoted the verses and then decided that I would flip the channels on the TV. Maybe, just maybe, I would get some inspiration. Let me tell you that QVC doesn’t inspire a blog post. It does, however, inspire you to buy microwave popcorn that you don’t need.
Can I bring this post back around? Yes, I can.
This shows that all of us get caught up in worldly things. We get caught up on our phones or we get caught up watching TV or that video game we can’t stop playing. Sometimes some of us get caught up in even bigger things: the next cool phone or the next generation laptop or that cool car that we just saw in the dealer’s showroom.
This is the world that John spoke of in the verses I cited at the beginning of this post.
If we love the world, then the love of the Father is not in us. The love of the next-gen phone is in us; the love of the next playoff game is in us; the love of the next party we’re going to is in us; the love of that really cool watch we saw at the store is in us.
I think you get the picture.
When God gets pushed to the back, so does His ability to work in and through us.
We are to be in the world and not of the world. Only then will we find the true happiness that God wants us to have.