Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2, 15f.
For some people, it would be good if they could think for some time ahead, and not just until tomorrow, not to mention eternity. The further we look ahead, the wiser we can be to decide how we want to live. Some people spend their money sooner, some make it last for the whole month. And if we could think even further ahead, we would take care of our old age now. And we would keep eternity before our eyes and would not squander it like Esau for a bowl of lentil soup. We must consider the consequences of our actions or non-actions! Because they can determine our future.
Unfortunately, there are many people who are defined by their “desires”. And there are others who do everything to be able to show off and say: We are good! We have this and that!! We are the best! How many athletes sacrifice half their lives for a small medal or for becoming well-known. Some blow themselves up so that they would be admired. How sick they are!
Yes, we, Christians, can see this well in the life of many people. But unfortunately we are also entangled in this net… How much we exert ourselves for a little luxury. How much we like to refer to our achievements, our beautiful home, and our successful children, and fail to realize how the enemy rejoices: Those who have spent many years preoccupied with themselves, have done almost nothing for the kingdom of God!
God likes it and the Bible encourages us to enjoy life here and all the beautiful things of creation. He does not want that we live in complete asceticism – only with dry bread and water. He wants us to look forward in life! But He does not want that we would find ourselves entangled in the same net, like many other people: Work, work, and work again and gather … The desires should not define us, but we should control them. We should decide when we want to have joy and when we want to forsake it – and we should never be defined by those desires. And the tendency to boast should not be present with us. Humility makes all this possible.
We want to invest into the Kingdom. We should focus there. Then here on earth we will be taken care of well. And certainly in eternity. We want to love God more than everything our eyes desire, and He should be the measure by which we measure and evaluate things. From this there will come satisfaction and gratitude, more than we can achieve through all our earthly possessions. Thank You, Heavenly Father!
Yes, Jesus, thank You !! You care for me and I care about your affairs. That’s a good division. Now I am pleased and grateful and calm firmly in Your hand. You hold and keep me. And I feel comfortable with You.