December 30, 2014
(Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas)
St. John wrote, “Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.” 1 Jn 2:12-17
If you are a true Christian, beloved, there is no need for further explanation of this quote. It’s obvious. It’s what we know and live.
But if the Holy Spirit has not yet struck us with that truth, it might be a little difficult to understand what is meant by “the world” vs “of God.” John gets pretty extreme in explaining the great gap between worldly life and heavenly life. Jesus said, we can be already experiencing His Kingdom in this life (though not to it’s completion). But as we live IN the world, we are not called to allow it to “own us.” God is our owner! And everything else in the world is there as a tool to help us grow closer to God. If those things become an idol to us, if those things cause us to grow farther away from God, then we become “of the world” that John so condemns. It doesn’t mean that the world is bad, per se, but it just needs to always be kept in the right perspective. God first, then relationships with our “neighbor,” then the rest of the world. All centered around LOVE!
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