The Challenges of Life

Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:15-17: Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

There is so much in this world that attempts to take our focus away from our family and our faith. As a parent, it seems to be more difficult to sit down and simply watch a television show with my younger daughters. Many shows that we have watched over the past few years have begun to allow more undesirable words to be aired on their show. What are our duties, not only to our children, but also to our faith? Do we continue watching, do we write letters or emails to voice our displeasure, or do we simply do nothing?  As a Christian parent, I have a responsibility to raise my children to grow up as followers of Christ. I also have the responsibility, to use situations like these, to explain to my children why it’s not ok to use this type of language when speaking to others.

Our scripture passage today, reminds us that we can’t become too comfortable in this world that we live in. The writer, John, is not referring to the world of people or the created world, but the world, or realm, of sin, which is controlled by Satan and organized against God and what is righteous. [1]

Paul, in Ephesians 2:1-2 writes: “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” Paul is describing a life that is separated from God and that is exactly what Satan wants in our lives today.  Satan wants us to be disobedient to God and to just accept things in this world as they are. The evil one wants us to become comfortable with the world that we live in and not question what our society defines as normal.

I meet people every week that only look to this world for acceptance, security and reassurance. Many have forgotten their faith and have chosen instead for the instant gratification that this fallen world offers. Some of these people like to feel important and they will go to any lengths to let everyone know their lists of accomplishments. Many others would simply choose the escape that this world seems to offer so that they can forget their marriage that is in trouble or their other relationships that are crumbling.

God offers something that is more permanent, actually eternal. Paul again, in Ephesians 2:4-5; 8-10: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

So go, and do the good works that God has planned for you to do. And know that God will be with you, as you live out your faith, in obedience to God. It won’t always be easy to do the right thing, but God will strengthen you as He continues to mold you into a new creation. Thank you God, for forgiveness, and for your amazing grace.





[1]Zondervan NIV Study Bible

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