“Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].” 1 John 2:15-17 (AMP)
What do you want more than anything? Do you want more of God or more stuff? More of God or more bling? Do you crave for more of Him or long for recognition and to feel important? You may say, “I crave both. I want God and I want everything else too.” This is a sneaky deception of the enemy. Without knowing it, you can begin chasing after things in the world and think that you are chasing after God too. Truth is, you can’t do both. You can’t chase after God and money, after God and fame, or after God and worldly pleasures. Pursuing things of the world will squeeze out your love for God and the things that pertain to God. You’ll begin choosing the world over going to church or choosing the world over reading your Bible. When you seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness first, He will add to you all things (Matthew 6:33). You don’t have to go and chase after anything. He will cause it to come to you. He will open doors right before you. He will cause people to bring it to you. Refocus your heart and mind on the Lord. Set your affections on things above (Colossians 3:2). God is your source. He is your everything and He has great and wonderful things in store for you!
Prayer: Yes, Father! I hear You today. Forgive me for chasing after things of the world. I focus my heart and mind on You and Your ways. I seek You first and trust that You will add to me all things in due time. In Jesus name, Amen.