Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Because everything that belongs to the world – 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. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever. I John 1:15-17
Lust. It’s not a pretty word. And most often, we think of it as sexual longing. But that’s only one facet. We lust for many things that have nothing to do with a roll in the hay.
We lust for lovely homes and fashionable decorations. We lust for lucrative jobs and titles to match them. We lust for the best school districts and highest academic honors. We lust for the spotlight and for leisure and for shiny new cars, for boats and toys and jewelry galore. We want what we want, really badly. We put ourselves on the throne of our own lives, and maybe even try for the throne of our neighbors’ lives, too.
All of that is passing away. And when it does, the only thing that will matter is the only thing that really ever mattered – God Himself.
My wise mother often told me, “The world does not revolve around you.” She understood human nature so well. All that longing occurs when I put myself in the center of my universe and begin to believe that everything really is about me. I begin to believe that I deserve that object, that honor, or that life situation, just because I want it.
And that’s why I chose this topic for this week. I’ve slipped recently. While I haven’t desired everything I listed above, I have begun to focus on what I want and take my focus off of God.
The one who does God’s will remains forever. The one who seeks His kingdom above her own comfort remains forever. The one who is willing to be inconvenienced for the sake of Christ’s mission remains forever. The one who is willing to suffer so that God’s word will reach those who have never heard – she will remain forever.
And in the end, it won’t matter at all what kind of house she lived in or how many pairs of shoes she owned.