"Love not the world..."Bro. David Chancellor
8/5/2001 11:00 AM
1 John 2:15-17
"Love not the world..." He is not talking about houses, cars, and airplanes, but, that which is contrary to God. "The World": That which is not reconciled to God. The things of the world: "The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life." He was addressing a spiritual problem. We don't want to have a love for the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. We don't want to love the world's fashions, attitudes, speech, etc. "The love of the world": Peer pressure. People follow after all sorts of things. The love of the world is what causes that. The warning is so that the love of the world is not in us. When you follow after that which is not reconciled to God, you aren't following God. What is our biggest concern? Is it what others think, or what God thinks? It's either God or the world. We can circulate among the world without being like they are. We have a love for the people, a concern that they find God. If you don't love God first and foremost, how will a lost world find God through you? The world is fickle, it comes and goes. God is consistent and stable - the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Jesus was telling them he would suffer and die at the hands of people he had come to help, at the hands of the religious leaders. Peter didn't understand how God was working. When people aren't reconciled with God, they will think it strange that you live as you live. If you were to gain the approval of the whole world, would it be worth the cost of your soul? The "things" generally have some other motivation to them. Are the things of this world worth not being reconciled with God? If you follow the world, you cannot be yourself.
"...be not conformed to this world..." Don't be like them, with their attitudes, styles, etc. Conform to the will of God and you won't be conformed to the world. Conforming to the will of God comes by a transformation by God. Seek the will of God and his help to do it.
2 Timothy 4:9-10
Paul was pretty much alone. Though we may be alone, God can be with us. If the love of the world comes in, you are headed out. When it comes in, people forsake God and depart. We should draw closer to God. God won't depart from us.