PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Aug
21

Do Not Love This World

Tim Savage

Scripture
"The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing, and it is wonderful to see. This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 119:22-24)

"Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever." (1 John 1:15-17)
Observation
Two passages this morning. One from Psalms and the other from 1 John 1. The first includes 2 verses that are well known and often quoted. Verse 22 refers to Jesus as a stone; he was rejected by the Jewish religious leaders, only to become the cornerstone, or the most important thing in each of our lives.

Verse 22 is one of my favorites, not only for what it says, but also for the catchy song that I grew up with in church. I usually read from the New Living Version of the Bible when I do my devotions and I think it's interesting that this verse is so similar to other, older, versions that I remember from my childhood, it's like the people who worked on this version wanted to keep that verse as it was for all of us with strong memories of it. Of course, the content is so important and uplifting as long as God gives us the breath of life, we should wake each day, living it with joy. We can't allow ourselves to get overwhelmed with all of life's challenges, but should also celebrate the His wonderful blessings.

My life application comes from the second passage in 1 John and is my on-going reminder to guard my heart from the things of this world. That constant reminder is so important and necessary because we are bombarded everyday by messages on TV, radio, newspapers and the internet telling us all of the things we must have in our lives to make us whole. The problem is that those things will never make us whole, they'll only make us unhappier and dissatisfied, they'll only make the hole in our heart and soul bigger by the disappointment.

I love the NLV's wording of verse 16 "...and pride in our achievements..." I hadn't thought about pride as being the same as my craving for worldly things, but it's true, it's all part of that insidious vicious circle. I can replace my want of material possessions with the pride of my accomplishments and awards it feeds the same need in my heart, but like sugar in your diet, it provides only a fleeting satisfaction and then leaves you crashing and wanting more.
Application
I need only to look around at the rich, famous and powerful people in society to see that money, influence and fame don't bring deep joy and happiness, only the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can bring a peace and fulfillment the world cannot provide. I must constantly re-set my eyes on Him and walk in His ways and not the ways of the world. I must be in the world in order to share the message, but I mustn't be of the world or I lose my focus on God.
Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for watching over me. So often You protect me from evil and harm and most times I am completely unaware of the danger, but You know. May I continue to share the Good News in the world, but give me the wisdom and discipline to not be of the world.

Thank You again for the many undeserved blessings in my life. I love you Lord.

In Jesus name,
Amen

Devotions for August 21

Jeremiah 21,24,27
Psalms 118
1 John 2

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