What/Who You Love Does Matter!

 

God’s Word teaches us very clearly that the object of our ultimate love can be either on this world or the next – not both.  Knowing that, John writes this admonition:  “Do not love the world or anything in the world.”  He then adds:    “If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”  (1 John 2:15)

 

There it is – if you love this world, you can’t love the things eternal.  Jesus said much the same when He taught:  “No one can serve two masters.  Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  (Matthew 6:24)

 

Furthermore, which you love has significant consequences.  Love for this world will end in death, but love for God will end in life.  Jesus said it this way:  “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”  (John 12:25) 

 

That’s the reason why Christians who love God supremely do not dread dying and leaving this world.  Why?  Because their affection has been on another world – the next world -  eternity with God Himself!

 

Someone has wisely observed that the worst thing that can happen to us is to fall in love with this world.   Knowing that, let us not forget this simple but powerful truth:  “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”  (I John 2:17)

 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus; 

look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

in the light of His glory and grace.[1]



[1] Helen Lemmel, 1922.  Found in Sing to the Lord , p. 327.

 
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