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Log Off - Distracted

This month is going to be a month of prayer and refocus
Distractions come in many ways and forms
We are entering the 10 month of the year
For many of us we are still dealing with the same distractions from the 1st month of the year
“You can’t do big things if you’re distracted by small things.”
The Letter of 1 John is written by the Apostle John, the son of Zebedee.
The likely location where John penned 1-3 John is in Ephesus.
The book was written to more to a Gentile audience than Jewish but met the need of both.
1 John 2:15 ESV
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.
I have heard this verse preached many times in my life.
It is always associated with Holiness…
But I had to ask myself, what does this command really mean.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world.”
I began to think, there are things that I do love about this world.
I love going to the beach!
I love traveling…
I love golfing and watching sports.
There are things that you love to do.
What does it mean to “not love the world.”
But we must be careful to understand what John meant by the world, the kosmos. Christians did not hate the world as such. It was God’s creation; and God made all things well. Jesus had loved the beauty of the world; not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of the scarlet anemones which bloomed for a day and died. Jesus again and again took his illustrations from the world. In that sense, Christians did not hate the world. The earth was not the devil’s; the earth and all its fullness was the Lord’s. But kosmos acquired a moral sense. It began to mean the world apart from God. C. H. Dodd defines this meaning of kosmos: ‘Our author means human society in so far as it is organized on wrong principles, and characterized by base desires, false values, and egoism.’ In other words, to John the world was nothing other than the society of the Roman Empire with its false values and its false gods.
Doesn’t this sound like what is going on in America right now!
Look around us!
Human society / Social Media / Television / Music
You can see wrong principles
False values
Egoism - Is when your self-interest becomes your foundation of morality.
False gods
The key to the worlds system is to keep you attracted
Social media
Television
Barclay, W. (2002). The Letters of John and Jude (3rd ed., p. 63). Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press.
The Letters of John and Jude Rivals for the Human Heart (1 John 2:15–17)

The world in this passage does not mean the world in general, for God loved the world which he had made; it means the world which, in fact, had forsaken the God who made it.

It so happened that there was a factor in the situation of John’s people which made the circumstances even more perilous. It is clear that, although they might be unpopular, they were not undergoing persecution. They were, therefore, under the great and dangerous temptation to compromise with the world. It is always difficult to be different, and it was particularly difficult for them.

To this day, Christians cannot escape the obligation to be different from the world. In this passage, John sees things as he always sees them—in terms of black and white. As B. F. Westcott has it, ‘There cannot be a vacuum in the soul.’ This is a matter in which there is no neutrality; a person loves either the world or God. Jesus himself said: ‘No one can serve two masters’ (Matthew 6:24). The ultimate choice remains the same. Are we to accept the world’s standards or the standards of God?

The world for the readers of 1st John would be the principles and practices of the Roman government.
“If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
If anyone loves the systems and principles that our contrary to God’s world…
John said that the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:16 ESV
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
The Letters of John and Jude The Life in Which There Is No Future (1 John 2:15–17 Contd)

JOHN has two things to say about those who love the world and who compromise with it. First, he sets out three sins which are typical of the world.

(1) There is the flesh’s desire. This means far more than what we mean by sins of the flesh. To us, that expression has to do exclusively with sexual sin. But, in the New Testament, the flesh is that part of our nature which, when it is without the grace of Jesus Christ, offers a point of entry for sin. It includes the sins of the flesh but also all worldly ambitions and selfish aims. To be subject to physical desire is to judge everything in this world by purely material standards. It is to live a life dominated by the senses. It is to be gluttonous in eating habits, soft in luxury, slavish in pleasure, lustful and lax in morals, selfish in the use of possessions, heedless of all the spiritual values and extravagant in the gratification of material desires. The flesh’s desire is heedless of the commandments of God, the judgment of God, the standards of God and the very existence of God. We need not think of this as the sin of the gross sinner. Anyone who demands a pleasure which may be the ruin of someone else, anyone who has no respect for the personalities of other people in the gratification of personal desires, anyone who lives in luxury while others live in want, anyone who has made a god of comfort and of ambition in any part of life, is the servant of physical desire.

(2) There is the eye’s desire. This, as C. H. Dodd puts it, is ‘the tendency to be captivated by outward show’. It is the spirit which identifies lavish ostentation with real prosperity. It is the spirit which can see nothing without wishing to acquire it and which, having acquired it, flaunts it. It is the spirit which believes that happiness is to be found in the things that money can buy and the eye can see; it has no values other than the material.

(3) There is life’s empty pride. Here, John uses a most vivid Greek word, alazoneia. To the ancient moralists, the alazōn was the man who laid claims to possessions and to achievements which did not belong to him in order to exalt himself. The alazōn is the braggart; and C. H. Dodd translates alazoneia as pretentious egoism. Theophrastus, the great Greek master of the character study, has a study of the alazōn. He stands in the harbour and boasts of the ships that he has at sea; he ostentatiously sends a messenger to the bank when he has very little to his credit; he talks of his friends among the mighty and of the letters he receives from the famous. He details at length his charitable donations and his services to the state. He only lives in rented accommodation, but he talks of buying a bigger house to match his lavish entertaining. His conversation is a continual boasting about things which he does not possess, and all his life is spent in an attempt to impress everyone he meets with his own non-existent importance.

As John sees them, the men and women of the world are people who judge everything by their own appetites, the slaves of lavish ostentation, boastful braggarts who try to make themselves out to be far more important than they really are.

Then comes John’s second warning. Those who attach themselves to the world’s aims and the world’s ways are giving their lives to things which literally have no future. All these things are passing away, and none of them has any permanency. But those who have taken God as the centre of their lives have given themselves to the things which last forever. The people of this world are doomed to disappointment; the people of God are assured of lasting joy.

1 John 2:17 ESV
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
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