A Dog on a Chain

“The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the one thing you ought to do at all costs. There is not one of them which will not make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide.”

That quote seems startlingly prophetic because how many people have set their lives to fulfilling every desire, not matter how twisted or perverted it may be. And society, well at least in the U.S., seems okay with it. The sad lie of “not hurting anyone”, and the plea for “loving who they want” echoes constantly in conversation, if there was some actual conversation going on, often shutting down any meaningful discourse by stabbing with the blunt object of “bigot”. I find myself retreating inside my own thoughts in an attempt to find some way to justify my own desires, but finding none, I find myself stuck as to what to do or where to go. No one is interested in their safety, or their eternity, they’re only interested in right now and we, as a society, are applauding and cheering as they rush toward oblivion. Then another quote crosses into my mind, one compelling and worthy of consideration.

“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, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.”–1 John 2:15-17

Interestingly in these verses, John tells his readers not to love (agape) the world. One literal translation says, “Do not sacrifice yourself for the riches of this world.” The self-sacrificing love we are to be demonstrating is not for goods or selfish desires, but for Christ and his coming kingdom. It is entirely too easy to get caught up in material pursuits. As believers, we are to keep ourselves reminded that it is WE who are to rule our desires and possessions, NOT the other way around. Stuff cannot save, only Christ, and THAT he accomplished on a Roman cross.

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