Good afternoon! Today, we will look deeper into scripture about a human's love with the world. Where is your "home"? Would you give up everything if Jesus told you to? When Jesus commands you to go somewhere will you cling to your earthly possessions? God knew that many people would struggle with this throughout the different generations. So, in Mark 10:17-31 Jesus shows us a story of a rich young man. The man is first displayed as pious and polite as he knelt before Jesus and called him "Good teacher." He then asked, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" He thinks that there is a trick to earning eternal life just as he earned his wealth. Jesus first confronts him that only God is good and to him be the glory. The young rich man said he kept all the commandments but Jesus said he lacked one thing. Jesus said, "Go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." At this, the man went away sad because he had great wealth. Mark 10:25 says 'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Think about that for a second.
Now, we will look at the scripture of 1 John 2:15-17.
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (New International Version)
Throughout the bible, the often used term "world" can be referred to as people or as the earth. In this scripture, it refers to both. I think Carrie Underwood explains our situation best in her popular song 'Temporary Home'. She sings, "This is just a stop on the way to where I'm going. I'm not afraid because I know... this is my temporary home." I am guilty of loving the world. Being a big horse racing fan, I often read more updates on the latest horse racing news than how much I read out of God's word! For the bible says, we have all sinned! Christians let the ruler of this world (Satan) rule their life and sinful temptations and we fall into his trap! Worship God today! Ask him for help with this certain topic. None of this other stuff here on Earth really matters! We as christians are here on Earth for a mission! Spread the good news and rejoice in him! He is coming soon! Be ready to leave all your stuff behind and go to live with him for eternity!