“[This] world is fading away, along with everything that people crave.
But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever”
(1 John 2:17, NLT).
Apostle John concludes this section (v.15-17) by reminding us material things have no long future. It all will “fading away”; they soon become outdated, fall apart, and get thrown away. They simple have no future. Apostle Paul put it this way: “Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away” (1 Corinthians 7:31).
What a difficult lesson this is to learn! We are living in a world where material things are often a measuring stick of our popularity, power, and value (Just browse through your Facebook page. See the many Ads). We need to recognize them for what they are. It certainly is nice to be able to dress in the latest fashions, to enjoy luxurious good food, to listen to good music, to own latest gadgets, to have four digits part-time income, etc. But if these things become all we think about, we have made them our gods.
But, as John says, “anyone who does what pleases God will live forever,” with God at the centre of our lives, we are hooked in to what will last forever and bring us long-lasting joy. Remember: It’s what we think about and what we do that determines what is real and important for us. Our words are not enough; it is our actions, based on God-given values and thoughts that really show what is ultimately important. Bible verses above are practical and important for our lives. The world and all of its goods can certainly influence us. We can draw into making these things our gods – what we see, what we want, trying to impress others with what we have and want. But to commit ourselves each day to God by saying, “Today Lord, I want You to be the centre of my life. Help me want what you want, what will truly last forever. Let me have Your perspectives. Thank you for your loving care. Amen” is to change our attitudes to be what God wants for us.
Ask yourself: How is it true that material things have no future and will pass away?
What examples of this truth come to mind?
For example, what things did you have 5 or 10 years ago
that have since fallen apart and been thrown away?
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.