Read 1 John 2
Focus on verse 15-17
Our priorities are what determine the direction of our life. Unfortunately one can only focus on one thing at a time. Some of us have become quite skilled at shifting our focus from one to the next and back again to the degree where it appears that we are multi-tasking, but we still pretty much have to focus on one thing at a time. In most cases where our focus is will be the direction towards which we will travel.
This is true of our spiritual life as well. That which we choose to focus upon becomes that which we tend to move toward. In today’s reading John urges his readers to be focused on pursuing God rather than worldly stuff.
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. (v. 15-17)
The worldly stuff is not all evil, but it is also not permanent. It is all “gonna burn” as we discussed a few days ago. For now, we live in the world, so we are responsible to manage the stuff God entrusts to us, but we must never let that stuff become more important to us than the One who gives it to us. If we want to abide forever, then our focus must be the will and presence of God. Satan uses the things of the world to entice us to find our fulfillment in them. Ironically, I have found that when I can keep my focus on God in this manner, I find it much easier to be content and at peace than when I am chasing after what the world has to offer.