All that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but is of the world.
1 John 2:16
Actor Jim Carrey said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of, so that they can see that it’s not the answer.”
The apostle John warned us against falling in love with anything that is in the world, and he highlighted three dangerous areas for every believer:
Our appetites—the lust of the flesh. God made us with certain needs, such as food, water, and comfort. But the devil exploits these against us. We eat too much, drink too much, and engage in addictive behavior. How we need the Spirit’s control!
Our acquisitions—the lust of the eyes. Living in a materialistic age with the power of making purchases instantly, we must remember our possessions are temporary.
Our approval ratings—the pride of life. The applause of men is short-lived; but the joy of pleasing God is an eternal pursuit.
The world will take priority in our lives if we do not make a purposeful choice to deny its attractions and focus on growing in our assurance of our faith.