1 John 2:15-17 says, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
Worldliness is a topic that most Christians (maybe even yourself) are used to talking about but still so many Christians (like yourself) give into the worldliness that surrounds them daily. We cannot love the world and God at the same time.
Love for the World Pushes Out Love for God
When we love the world and the things in the world, it causes our love to God to fade. No longer does going to church, engaging in worship, or even hanging out with other Christians seem to excite you as it once did. This is because worldly possessions have taken the place of God.
All things worldly can easily become idols in our lives, meaning that we will worship them and sacrifice for them.
God’s Love Will Last
When the shine wears off and the device gets outdated and that shirt gets a hole (even though it’s a popular trend to have holes in your shirt), worldliness causes us to move on to a better, more updated idol that still takes the place of God.
Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” If Jesus can never change if he never needs an update, why are we so reluctant to trust him and so eager to continue in worldliness? Because we love worldliness more than we love God, even though we know that God’s love can never change. it will last forever.
Can We Love the World and Love God at the Same Time?
This is kind of a weird question to ask and there is a weird answer to this as well. The answer is “yes and no”. We cannot love the world apart from how God loves the world. John 3:16 tells us about God’s great love, “He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” We are in this world not to be like it but to show it who God really is.
Your life matters. God demonstrated that by sending His son Jesus to die in your place. Because Jesus was willing to die for you, we must be willing to live for him by sharing with those in the world how God loves them too.