LOVING THE WORLD
What do you love?
If someone from another country came to follow you around every minute of every day for a month, at the end of that month of observation, how would they answer this question about your life, “Joe, Sam, Jane, Sally really loves ____________.” What would fill in that blank for you? God, the church, the needy, the lost, the Bible, Jesus, prayer, worship…your family, your children, your community, your jobs, your school, your country…your house, your cars, your boat, your yard, your money, your stuff, your leisure time, your football team…your health, your golf, your pickleball, your exercise…your TV time, your social network time, your computer, your freedom, your privacy, your secret lives that no one knows about?
What would an objective witness say about what you really are living for which demonstrates what you love.
The Bible is clear that Christians are to be marked by love, but love is a verb that can have many objects, even from the Bible. Love God. Love your wife…husband. Love your children. Love one another. Love your neighbors. Even love your enemies.
But John confronts us in this passage with what we should NOT love. We are not to love the world.
Our passage is I John 2:15-17 and the apostle hits us all right in the face about our spiritual condition that is always marked by what we love and what we DON’T love.
So I ask you again…What do you love? Do you love the world? Your first response might not be the real one. Come Sunday and you will find out what I mean.