1 John 2:15-17 (Holman Christian Standard)
15 Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. Because everything that belongs to the world— 16 the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one's lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God's will remains forever.
John states those who believe in Christ should not love the ways of the world, but should put them aside. God made the world and admired what it was. But man brought sin into the world that was not from God. John says there are three classes of worldly love; there is our flesh, which cries out for fleshly pleasures; there are our eyes, which look upon riches, possessions, and covetousness of others; and finally our own pride, which places importance on ourselves and not God. If a person holds onto to God’s purpose they will not notice the world as it vanishes. But for those who partake in the world they will see its vanishing glory.
The world is forever changing. The television has expanded from the days of black and white pictures to high resolution color pictures. The telephone has transformed from a heavy wooden box with a crank to lightweight cellular phones with every conceivable feature. The little red wagons children coveted are now ignored in favor of X-Box and Nintendo games. Computers were once housed in room after room, but now they can be carried in your pocket. Watches, which were once bulky and had to be wound are miniaturized and can do everything from taking your pulse to recording your voice. The world is changing constantly and things of today pass away in favor of something new. We can love the world and all its inventions, but they will fade away from our life. We can desire things or others, but they too will pass away. The only thing constant is God, who is the same today as He was yesterday and He will be the same tomorrow. Where do you want to place your love; on “The One” who is here to stay; or on a fading world? Pray God will be a constant part of your life. Pray the world will never replace your love for God.