To be freed from lusting after the world
For joy in the will of God
Today’s text: 1 John 2:12-17
IN THE 1960s, as the Soviets and the Americans raced each other into space, there was a consequence of all that space flight: everyday people had to begin reckoning with the notion that what we call the “world,” or maybe the “universe,” did not contain God in quite the way that was normally imagined. Yuri Gagarin declared emphatically that he, orbiting around the earth, saw no sign of God “up here,” and pretended that there was no God. Gagarin conveniently ignored that the Soviet world was full of little gods that were announced as the bringers of freedom, peace, prosperity and more, and worship of those gods would continue until the day that the “world”—and the nation—built upon their futile words collapsed into ruin.
John sees with the eyes of the Holy Spirit the inevitability of ruin when we love “the world” too much. What he means is that we love the gods we create rather than the God who creates us. We love the words we place in our little gods mouths rather than the Word that comes to us in humbleness and obedience. We say there is no God “up there” or “out there” and we beam at our own cleverness.
And the world passes away… but the Word of God endures forever
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks