The things that the world offers are not real. Oh, they seem real–they seem to really fill the bill for meeting our hopes and desires. But, because he is the master deceiver, the enemy has set the world up to come close but never quite satisfy. John tells us not to dwell on the fleshly desires, the opportunities for power, or the stuff we build up to show how well we are doing. Those things are like wildflowers that look pretty but fade quickly.
Instead, we are to dwell on the things that last–Loving each other, raising our kids in the Lord, serving others and helping them see the wonder of following Christ. The things of eternity may not sparkle or seem as glamorous–but, a wise man said, “All things that sparkle are not treasure.” Through the years I have watched Satan try to emulate God. Probably, my favorite example is Las Vegas–all the lights and fountains are pretty, but, I would trade them all for one beautiful night under a starry sky.
Don’t settle, follow!
God Bless You
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.