My wife and I were reading 1 John a couple nights ago. Here’s three verses that jumped out…
Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods.
Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father.
Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father.
It just isolates you from him.
The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
Isn’t that wierd?!
Who’d have thought that an action so simple as pursuing what one wants (and what nearly everyone else also wants) could actually isolate one from the one thing that’s really needed?! Yet something inside me confirms it to be so; somehow this strange truth does jive with my experience and with the evidence I observe in the lives of others. In fact, this thought is more in touch with reality than any of the “want more” messages that seem to play non-stop throughout Western (and much of Eastern) civilization.
In the end, all this wanting is found… wanting.