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 the pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of god abides forever.
The command (and main point): Do not love the world or the things in the world.
1. If you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you (v. 15)
2. All that is in the world is not from the Father (v. 16)
3. The world is passing away (v. 17)
Questions to ponder:
- Where in my life is the love of the world most evident?
- How does this command apply to the shows/movies I watch?
- How does this command apply to the clothes I wear?
- How does this command apply to my bank account?
This command reminds me of my favorite Augustine quote (prayer): "He loves Thee too little, who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake."
Ponder that and let me know if you get what Augustine was saying.