15 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.
At my Bible study last week we talked about the things that we allow to become idols in our lives, and I think that is more like what John is getting at.
Dictionary.com defines idol as:
Boy, taken all together, that includes a lot more things than a graven image that we usually think of when we read the word idol in the Bible. There isn't anything wrong with enjoying a story, be it in book, film or TV format, or different kinds of music, or enjoying particular kinds of food, or architecture, or art, or nature's beauty. There also isn't anything wrong with looking up to a singer, actor, athlete, politician, teacher, coach, parent, etc. if they have admirable qualities we appreciate or would like to emulate. We do need to be careful what, when, where, and how much.
If we allow the love of other things, any other things, to reduce or supplant our desire to walk with God, to spend time with Him, to serve and obey Him, to show His love to those around us, then we have a problem.
A fitness instructor whose Facebook page I follow said something interesting the other day. I don't remember exactly how she put it, but it had to do with how we can say our priorities are such and such, but how we spend the majority of our time reflects what our priorities truly are. That gave me something to think about. Maybe it gives you something to think about too.
Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: 1 John 2:16.