Thought for the Day #321
1 John 2:15-17 (New American Standard Bible)
15 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. 16 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. 17 And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.
Our world is filled with those things which clutter our life and distract us from the real treasures of value.
Most people are preoccupied with satisfying the tangible needs and pleasures that are constantly before us. They love the tangible things of this world.
It is easy to become caught up in the attitude of the world. One can be distracted by the desire for money, fame and fortune.
Carnal nature likes the lust of its own flesh, always seeking that which would satisfy temporarily with no thought of later consequences. It is very important to remember that one reaps what they sow.
One seed sown, produces the fruit of many seeds like unto itself. We always receive more than what we put forth in return. Good seed produces good fruit, lustful seed produces more lust.
When we love God more than we love the world, our carnal, lustful desires will not imprison us with unholy fruit. Our love of God and our commitment to him will produce that fruit which satisfies our soul and spirit. The lust of the flesh will not hold us in bondage.
Invest in things that are eternal. Seek to do the will of God, not the will of sinful flesh. Remember that the things of this life, even the good things are very temporary. One who does the will of God is sowing seed for an eternal reward.
Abiding forever with God and enjoying eternal peace and happiness belongs to those who do his will. Love for this world brings death. Love for the things of God brings eternal life, contentment, peace, and happiness throughout the ages to come.
Dear Lord God, the distractions of the world are a constant problem for me. I am constantly trying to satisfy my carnal desire. Forgive me for my failures. Help me to remember that doing your will brings eternal reward. I love you, and want to serve you better. Help me to look beyond the things of this life, and work for that which is eternal. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Redeemer. Amen.