Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

— 1 John 2:15

I was astounded to hear words sung by one of my daughters after school recently. I had to look up the lyrics she was reciting to see if they could actually be true; that an artist would say such things. One line (I’ll spare you the whole song!) is: I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it. The rest of the ‘song’ went along the theme of buying whatever you want, boasting about wealth, popularity, power and beauty. Ariana Grande’s song, 7 Rings, almost made me lose my dinner.

            Relax Tim, you may be saying; but I am seriously saddened to realize that songs like this become so popular. It’s not because we laugh at such silly characterizations of the ‘love of money’, but that many long to be in the position she boasts of. Many feel that turning to the worship of money, power and pride is the only way to find fulfillment. 

            Our text quoted above is a reminder to turn away from the temptations of the world and turn toward our Lord. As Christians we are called to find our greatest joy in a life of discipleship - following Jesus. A life of minimizing our desires in order to maximize the opportunities to serve others. Less of me, more of you Jesus.

With hope in Christ,