Some Signs of Worldliness
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
March 8, 2015
Central Passage
1 John 2:15-17
Subject
Second Sunday Service
Description

Commentary Source: http://www.desiringgod.org/sermons/do-not-love-the-world

"What Shall We Do with Our Desires? (Excerpt by: John Piper, desiringgod.org)

But someone will ask, "Should I not desire dinner (at a nice restaurant)? Should I not desire a job (that is high level and pays well)? Should I not desire a spouse (whose good looking and rich)? Should I not desire the child in my womb (since all my friends are mothers too)? Should I not desire a healthy body (so I can be looked at) or a good night's rest (for my beauty regimen) or the morning sun or a great book or an evening with friends?"

And the answer is no—unless it is a desire for GOD! Do you desire dinner because you desire God? Do you want a job because in it you will discover God and love God? Do you long for a spouse because you are hungry for God and hope to see him and love him in your partner? Do you desire the child and the healthy body and the good night's rest and the morning sun and the great book and the evening with friends for God's sake? Do you have an eye for God in everything you desire? (See Colossians 3:171 Corinthians 10:31.)

St. Augustine captured the heart of our text when he prayed to the Father and said, "He loves thee too little who loves anything together with thee which he loves not for thy sake."

Therefore, brothers and sisters, do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. But if the love of the Father is in you, if you love God with all your heart, then every room you enter will be a temple of love to God, all your work will be a sacrifice of love to God, every meal will be a banquet of love with God, every song will be an overture of love to God.

And if there is any desire of the flesh or any desire of the eyes that is not also a desire for God, then we will put it out of our lives, so that we can say with John and with the psalmist, Whom have I in heaven but thee, and on earth there is nothing that I desire besides thee".

 

 

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