Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Authentic”. It is 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Cody Hahn will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
1 John 2:15-17
“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. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
When we talk about the “world” as Christians, what exactly are we talking about? This isn’t a reference to the physical or material world, but the invisible nature of sin that controls mankind and is in direct opposition to God. It is possible for a person to avoid such things as drinking, smoking, cursing, etc. and still love the world.
Worldliness is a matter of the heart, and when we love the world’s system and the things in it, we are sacrificing our love for God.
Today’s Challenge: “We give up things we love for things we love even more.” What is something worldly you are holding to that you need to let go of?
Christ is the perfect role model of sacrifice. He gave up everything for us. He stayed focused on the task at hand. Nobody believed in Him, the crowd turned on Him, and the government mocked Him. Still, He didn’t let this world deter Him. Neither will you. So what are you going to give up?
I have no idea why Newsboys “Breakfast” song popped into my head for this devotional. Maybe because the song is about how hell isn’t all that great and is it really worth sinning? I mean there won’t be breakfast in hell!
I have grown up to the point where I don’t mind being mocked and whatnot. Why should it bother me? Following Christ is the right way and the world is wrong. It is just like when someone tries to bash on my favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers. They have the most championships in history and have had like two bad years since 1992. Why be mad when you are right?
This scripture can be a tough one, people seem to read it from the extremes of either monk like asceticism – that is having no worldly possession or pleasures – to just ignoring the scripture completely. I think today’s devotional was spot on when it says “This isn’t a reference to the spiritual world, but the invisible nature of sin” and “Worldliness is a matter of the heart”. God doesn’t take umbrage with us enjoying our life, in fact He wants us to enjoy life:
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. (Ecclesiastes 2:24 NLT)
You who are young, make the most of your youth.
Relish your youthful vigor.
Follow the impulses of your heart.
If something looks good to you, pursue it.
But know also that not just anything goes;
You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.
(Ecclesiastes 11:9 MSG)
In fact, we here at GuG would have a hard time being Christian geeks if we knew that God didn’t want us to have a focus on things like comics, video games, movies and TV shows. If God was against those things the entire vision of GuG would be antithetical to God’s purpose. That isn’t to say that the very things we like to talk about here at GuG can’t broke sin in someone’s life, if someone places anything above God in their lives and allows that thing to separate them from God that thing (regardless of what it is) has become sin. Sin is anything that separates us from Him. That’s why He hates sin, and it’s why we should as well.
Using Christ as an example, Jesus was always more concerned with doing the Father’s work than anything else. It was because of his focus being always on God’s will that Jesus was so impactful to the world. If we continue to make God our focus, He’ll impact others through us. He’ll bless us through it as well!