Originally posted January 23, 2015
Have you checked the TV listings recently? It seems like every day there are more and more “Reality” shows. While I have seen very little of these shows, what I have seen is no reality that I am familiar with. Most of these shows appear to revolve around people who will say and do anything in an effort to gain wealth and their “15 minutes” of fame. Is this the mentatlity of our world in 2015?
So many people in our world are striving for riches and fame, while the Bible instructs us to be content with what we have and not love the world. Hebrews 13:5 — Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
1 John 2:15-16 — 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 in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
Some Christians struggle with a verse where God tells us don’t love the world. God isn’t telling us we shouldn’t love the people of the world. Is He? Do we doubt that He loves them?? John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Romans 5:8 — But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. These 2 verses are an example of the many times in the Bible where God tells us just how much He loves us.
God is instructing us to not love the things of this world. Matthew 6:19-20 —“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.
We should be focused on the eternal things. 1 John 2:17 — The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Most importantly, we need to share eternity with as many people as we can. We are eternal beings; and as such we have a destination in which we will spend that eternity. Without Christ, that destination is an awful place called Hell, where there will be eternal separation from God. If we accept Jesus sacrifice on the cross, however, we will spend eternity by His side.
Accepting Jesus sacrifice has to be done now! Living for the things of this world today, with the plan that Jesus’ offer will be waiting for us tomorrow is presumptuous on our part. God has given us only today, and it is today that we need to embrace His gift of salvation. James 4:13-15 — Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”