I John 2:15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
“God made me to run fast, and when I run, I feel his pleasure.” Eric Liddell, The Chariots of Fire.
2 Timothy 3 is well known for the last 2 verses that start: “All Scripture is God breathed…”
However, it is chock full of other strong assertions by Paul, writing to his mentor Timothy. He talks about the terrible times that are coming when people will tear others down, not obey their parents, will love themselves and money, and they will love what pleases them. As I meditated on these verses, I started to look for somewhere to hide. People who love what pleases them. I love what pleases me. I made a list: Hawaii, Robin’s love, playing games, following those (first place with the best record) Cardinals, watching relaxing TV. Then, I John 2 came to mind: “Do not love the world or anything in the world.”
Something is wrong here. God made this world and made us in His own image. We are His creation. Can I love God and also love watching sunsets? Of course, I can. But it is not that simple. We can get into dangerous territory when the things we love take God’s place. But if God is our treasure, and we have put Him first, then we are to enjoy His world, even TV! Loving God and loving things in His world are NOT mutually exclusive. Eric Liddell got it right. (sorry if you are under 50 and have no idea who he is. That is what Google is for.) We are free to enjoy Christ and His creation. We can feel his pleasure when we are enjoying the freedom that He gave us on the cross. About Lazarus, Jesus said, “Loose him, and let him go free.”
Are you free to enjoy this world and all that God has made? As a father, nothing gives me more pleasure than watching my kids and grandkids enjoy life freely. Nothing gives the Father more joy than watching His kids enjoy His creation. He is not pleased when we are so bound by rules that we are not free to laugh, and do the things that give us pleasure. Just always say thank you to your Father.
Free people, free people.
Hurt people, hurt people.