Posted by Dean Paulson

1 John 2:15-17 (New International Version, ©2010)

 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. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

 Jesus will be second to nothing.    He certainly did not come to earth, become human, suffer and die so that he could be second to any material things from the world.  Could you imagine having a car that gets old and wears out be more important to us than Jesus?  What about a house that is now worth less than what you own on it.  What about being more concerned about your reputation or happiness?  I have had students tell me that they are addicted to fun.  Can you imagine the Jesus, whose birth we celebrate this month being alright with being second to fun?  I had an assignment I would have my students do at Northwestern College.    They would list what they loved and valued and what Jesus loved and valued.  They would find many similarities between what they valued and loved and what Jesus valued and loved.  They also would find many things that were not similar.  Guess what one thing numerous students said they “loved” that Jesus did not.  Their cell phones.  Yes, their cell phones. 

Those are material things.  Guess what though?  Jesus does not want to be second to human beings either.  He does not want to be second to our friends or even to a spouse or child.  People are extremely important obviously.  The Bible is full of guidelines and commands telling us how to relate to a spouse or children, parents, employers and fellow believers in God honoring ways.  However, he will be second to nothing from this world.  The key is the word love.  Anything that we love more than Christ will pass away because it is of the world.

This Christmas season remember that “the world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” and “If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” (NIV)

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