June 6, 2023

1 John 2:15–17 (NKJV) — 15 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. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

What is it that keeps a person from truly allowing God to be the Lord of his life?

Whatever is put before God becomes a person’s god! Whatever is not God will one day pass away. The one true God is eternal there is no beginning and there is no end.

Many profess to know Christ. They may have great intellectual knowledge of Christ. The professing man loves the world. He is attached to the world more than he is attached to God. The professing Christian follows after the world. For the professing man, there is the lust of the flesh. It is the idea that “if it feels good do it.” The lust of the flesh touches all five of a person’s natural senses: touching, tasting, smelling, hearing, and seeing. There is nothing wrong with having the five senses, God placed them in us. But the desires of the flesh must be controlled.

The one who professes to know God but lives for the world is not born of God. He is born of the flesh.

Living the Christian life is to live in obedience to God. It is a growing process. The obedient Christian is the one who does the will of God. His profession is more than just words coming from the mouth. The obedient Christian will live forever with God. The obedient Christian is not perfect. But he desires to please God his Father.

How does one know if he is an obedient follower of Christ or just a professing Christian? The obedient Christian desires, has a yearning, an inner spiritual hunger to do the will of God. The obedient Christian realizes it is not just about him but God. What is great is God knows us and wants to give us the best He has!