1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love the world or 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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life- is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
John is writing to the believers with a strong warning to beware of falling into love with the temptations of this world. Temptations of sensuality, lust and pride are not of God but of the world. The world is going way but those who abide in Christ and follow his will are forever with God in the new heaven and earth.
I have to daily remind myself that although I am in this world, I don’t belong to this world. I am a child of God, bought with the precious blood of Christ. The ways I need to keep close are by being in the Word, being in prayer and being with other believers who will keep me accountable and encourage me in the faith. I can’t allow myself to think I have arrived or are immune and need to keep myself on guard to follow Christ. When I am praying and serving others I am in God’s will.
Thank you for the truth in your Word and sending Jesus to pay for my sin so I can repent and be reconciled to you. Let the Spirit lead me to be in the Word not the world and live to share your love and gospel to expand your glory here and to the ends of the earth.