Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
I love to RV. I love everything about RVing. My wife and I are weekends and vacation time RVers. We
dream of becoming, one day, full-time RVers.
Even though it’s winter here now in Minnesota, we go to the RV storage facility about once a week to start it up and tinker with it. We’ve added things and made improvements to it so our RV adventures can be more enjoyable.
Today, we’re going to the RV and Camping Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It’s a place where RV dreamers go to tour bigger and better RVs and all the things associated with the RV lifestyle.
But this morning I put a check on my love for all things RV.
Is my love for RVing a love for something in the world that indicates love for the Father is not in me?
This morning I also read “The Parable of the Rich Fool” in Luke chapter 12, and Jesus’ discourse on “Do Not Worry,” which follows. Here are some highlights that are helping me keep love for my Father [and not the world/RV things] in proper perspective. Replace the thing you see in [brackets] with the thing/s you love about or in the world:
- “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of [RV] possessions.” Luke 12:15
- “This is how it will be with whoever stores up [RV] things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:21
- “For life is more than food [Rving], and the body more than clothes [RV things].” Luke 12:23
- “But seek his kingdom, and these [RV] things will be given to you as well.” Luke 12:31
- “For where your treasure is [RV things or God’s presence], there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34
#LoveChallenge: Let’s pause and guard our hearts against anything in this world that does not make us rich toward God.
I offer this prayer:
Lord, forgive me for the times I have stored up a love for worldly things in my heart at the expense of my love for you, first. Help me better understand love and obedience to you and your Word are bound to life itself – to life in your Kingdom. May I be rich toward you and not give my heart to anything in this world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – that comes not from you but from the world. Amen
More Posts in the #LoveChallenge Series
- Turn On Your Love Light
- An Introduction to Love According to John
- Love Deeply
- His Everlasting Love
- Love for Neighbor
- His Loving Eye
- God Gave us a Spirit of Love
- Love Never Fails – Period
- Love Is – Love Is Not
- How to Live an Ineffective and Meaningless Life – Without Love
- The First and Greatest Commandment