There is always a battle for me between having God as my delight and having the world as my delight. As I read what the Holy Spirit writes through John’s pen, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15), there is an aching in my heart…
There is a sense in which I am not caught up in the world. It’s not as if I’m able to enjoy the high life of a rich executive or a professional athlete. But here’s the question: Is that what I really want?
Am I satisfied with having Jesus Christ or do I desire the things that the worldling desires in order to be satisfied? Is my contentment based on the reliefs that the world can offer: more money, more medicine, more entertainments, more blog hits, more friends, more likes, more possessions, more promotions, more technology, more insurance, more attention, more time, more coffee? When do I have a bounce in my step…when things are “falling into place” and “working out” and “settling down”?
There is a weariness of the world that is godly. When the glory of Christ fills the mind and the world’s best is as filth…that is godly weariness. Even on the day of our wedding or the birth of a child, that weariness happily cries, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).
There is also a weariness of the world that is worldly: When we seek to be free from the burden of this fallen world not by understanding and enjoying what we have in Jesus Christ but rather by turning to the balms of the world. That worldly world-weariness is shaped not by what we have in Christ but what we don’t have in this world. Many of us would find more relief in this life in having $20,000 in the saving account than we would in reading Scripture’s teaching on the glory of Jesus Christ, Who has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west. Is that true of you?
Where are your thoughts at this moment? Are they fixed on the wonders and tragedies posted on Drudge? the next meal? the next episode? the next game? the cleanliness of the carpet? the next contract? the next therapy? the new scratch in the car door? even the glories of the ocean or the mountains?
…or are they fixed on the glory of Jesus Christ?
May Jesus’s prayer be for me and for you:
“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:25-26).