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 pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
Thoughts. Actions. Morals. Values. Wisdom. History. Present. Future. Justice. Right. Wrong. Truth. Fiction. Foolishness. Falsity. Ignorance. Deceit. Pain. Pleasure. Joy. Grief. Confusion. Clarity. Suffering. Victory. Idleness. Defeat. Selfishness. Shame. Service. Glory. Comfort. Peace. Pride. Weakness. Conflict. Faithfulness. Honor. Commitment. Doubt. Fear. Anxiety. Isolation. Remembrance. Relief. Community. Worship. Reflection. Growth. Forgiveness. Blessing. Generosity.
If we let it, the world will tear us down. If we let it, the world will change our hearts and minds in harmful ways. If we let it, the world will march us straight into darkness. If we let it, the world will cause us to say and do things we never thought we would say and do. If we let it, the world will cause us to be consumed by its desires, its standards, and its negativity. If we let it, the world will destroy us. If we let it. If we let it.
Yet as the old hymn reminds us, this world is not our home, we are just “a-passing” through. Better still is Jesus reminding us that we, like Jesus himself, are not of this world. Yes, we live here. Yes, this is the only “world” that we have for now. But it is temporary and destined for demise. Because we are people who are in Christ, we can be—and should be!—supremely confident in the world to come. That is, we should live every day as people who are convinced that we will overcome death—that we will live forever in the presence and joy of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.