Do Not Love the World
Do not love the world nor 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 and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
(1 John 2:15-17).
In his High Priestly Prayer for the disciples and the Church, Jesus said, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15). Jesus was going to the cross and leaving the world. He was the life made manifest, who was seen and heard and touched. He was the one to pay for the sins of the world—to accomplish the single most important event in history, far greater than anything the world had ever seen or would ever see again. And he did it.
But the evil one says what Jesus did wasn’t that impressive. He says the world and all that’s in it matters more. And as long as we’re in the world, we’re tempted to believe him. And he’d be right if Jesus stayed in the grave. But he didn’t. His resurrection changed everything.
Our passage today is important because we cannot love both the world and the Father simultaneously. Love for the world crowds out love for the Father, and love for the Father crowds out love for the world.
If you haven’t notice by now, the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God are inherently incompatible (cf. 4:5–6; 5:4–5; John 15:19; Galatians 6:14). The two are mutually exclusive and opposed to one another. They are conflicting and cannot peacefully coexist. True Christians therefore will not be characterized by a habitual love for the world, nor will worldly people demonstrate a genuine affection for the gospel, the Christian faith and its Lord. As Paul reminds us: “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” (Romans 8:7).
Noticeably, there is an unmistakable line of differentiation between the things of God and the things of the world. The ongoing moral and ethical deterioration of contemporary culture makes this obvious. Even brief consideration provides a lengthy list of cultural agendas that are aggressively hostile to biblical Christianity:
An attack on the traditional family values.
An active promotion of sexual promiscuity.
An increasing acceptance of violence.
An emphasis on materialism and hedonism by the secular media.
A steady decline in standards of personal integrity, political and business ethics.
An undermining of right and wrong by postmodern relativism.
And so on.
Clearly, the world and those who promote the mentioned sinful values and conduct are against the values of God and His Word. Again, to quote the words from John:
“Do not love the world nor 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 and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17).
Notice that, in order to support his admonition, John does not offer a long list of specifics or detailed illustrations. Instead, he presents general reasons believers must not love the world: because of who they are, because of what the world does, and because of where the world is going.
We must remember that as Christians and members of the Body of Christ, we have a new life and a new way of thinking. Indeed, because, we are forgiven, we have a true knowledge of God; we have the Word of God abiding in us; we have overcome Satan; and we have an increasingly intimate relationship with the Father we cannot, we mustn’t love the world.
And why? Because anyone who loves the world demonstrates that the love of the Father is not in him/her. Like Demas, such spiritual defectors manifest that any previous claim to know and love God was nothing but a lie (1 John 2:19).
Of course, the basic uniqueness of believers as God’s children does not make us immune to the world’s allure. After all, we are still fallen sinners—though saved by grace—as true followers of Christ we are tempted through our weaknesses by the world’s behaviours and standards. Nevertheless, whether the temptation comes from worldly priorities, worldly amusements, worldly riches, or worldly lusts, as believers we must resist the world’s effort to seduce us.
As Jesus warned us, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16:13).
My dear friend, our path out of worldliness is to travel further into the love of God. Jesus is not asking us to sacrifice joy. On the contrary, He’s commanding us to enter it. A joy based on God, His truth, His purity, love and grace. A joy which is not dependant on man’s promises or gratifications but a wonderful promise of life eternal with Him as we live for Him and are obedient to His Word and commandments.
Of course, as we obey this commands, for a little while we will face tribulation, adversity and even persecution in this world. But take heart; Jesus has overcome the world! Therefore, let us be faithful to Him and “Do not love the world nor the things in the world.”
With prayers and blessings in Him,
Eternal Father, we want to focus only on eternal things. Each day there are worldly things that gives us comfort and keep us complacent. Help us to focus our time and energy on things that make a difference in the kingdom of God.
Loving God and Saviour, may we love You in all things and above all things.
May we reach the joy which You have prepared for us in
Nothing is good that is against Your Will,
and all that is good comes from Your Hand.
Place in our hearts a desire to please You
and fill our minds with thoughts of Your Love,
so that we may grow in Your Wisdom and enjoy Your Joy, Peace and blessing.
Blairgowrie Parish Church
is now open for Sunday Worship
Phone 01250 874715 or 07716 510605
As there is an absolute maximum of 50 allowed in the building for each service, our ‘reservation’ system for households will be reintroduced. Seating will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis. However, if we have reached our maximum when you make contact then you can opt to reserve a place for the following Sunday.
To reserve seats please contact Pamela Howat using the email or phone numbers detailed above. If phoning, please contact out-with 9am to 5pm, or leave a message with the required information.
Please ensure you leave your name, contact number and how many in your household will be attending. Reservations can be made from the Wednesday before each service until 9pm on the Saturday.
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If you choose to appear on the Sunday without a ‘reservation’ we will have to decline access, unless spaces are still available.
Please be aware that current COVID restrictions apply to all attending. This includes the wearing of a face covering, the observance of a 2m distance from other households at all times, the use of sanitiser, your contact details being used for "Test & Protect" and a ban on gathering outside the building. Please note that singing is not yet permitted.
Full details are available as you enter the building or on the Scottish Government website.
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Rev Benjamin J A Abeledo
Love That Doesn't Let Us Go
Sunday, 18 April 2021
Rev Benjamin J A Abeledo