An un-named but very special friend wrote me today; with this concern: “”What the world calls “excellence,” and even what some of God’s people who are a bit worldly-minded right now call “excellence,” is not necessarily what God the Father calls excellence. Keep your eyes straight-up on Jesus for your direction.””
This is my reply…. I think it is worth putting here for some of you today:
Guaranteed. As, The scripture advises; we must be In & not of this world…
1JN 2:15-17 NLT
Verse: “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
To be attracted to things in this world and primarily motivated by attraction to them is so dangerous that John warns us in these verses, that if we do this; the love of the Father is not in us. Jesus continually told us that if we love Him, we would love the Father who sent Him.
Jesus paramount and highest love was for His Father and if we would be like Jesus, then that will be our greatest love also.
When we say that we want His will and not our will, then we are saying that things in this world are secondary in importance to us. And that love for God is primary.
Do not be surprised when you are ridiculed, persecuted and made fun of by the world. Because to love God like John advised in these passages, we must be motivated by things that this world cannot understand. And we must forsake the things that this world seeks.
love for Him and His father, our Father. As He is one with his Father, so must we become one with the Father through Him.
This is not something that we also do while alive in this world but becomes the primary thing that we do. God may allow us to have certain things in this world but He will never allow those things to have us.”
I like my friend’s advice.” “”Keep your eyes straight-up on Jesus for your direction.””