“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever.”
The draw of the world is continual and it appeals to our human nature, which can draw us away from God. This passage in 1 John covers all of the pulls this world can have on us. It is actually the very draw that was upon Eve in the garden when she looked at the fruit of the tree of good and evil (Genesis 3:6 – “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”). Eve justified her actions by allowing the three things John speaks of to take hold of her.
Each of us wrestle with things in this world that appeal to our fleshly desires but we must resist its pull. We need to examine our motives and ask ourselves, “is this bringing me closer to God and giving Him glory or is it pulling me away from Him?”
May we do God’s will and realize our place is to be IN the world but not OF it.