|SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that by you do not have the love of the Father in you .”—1 John 2:15|
Anyone who has read the Bible is familiar with the apostle Paul, author of a majority of the New Testament. He gathered a committed group around him and set off on several missionary journeys, spreading the gospel and laying a foundation for the church as we know it today. However, not all of those companions were as committed as Paul. Take Demas, for example: “Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica” (2 Timothy 4:10).
He loved the world and deserted Paul, and perhaps he even deserted the faith. How would you like it if all that was written about you was your desertion?
Jesus was against distraction in the parable of the sower. In Matthew 13:22 Jesus explains: ‘The thorny ground represents those who bear and accept the Good News, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life and the lure of wealth, so no crop is produced.’
Jesus’ admonition is clear: When God’s Word is choked out, worldly things like making money, entertaining sinful behaviors, and distracting relationships grow in the void.
John describes as a craving: “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” – John 2:16. A craving is something you are desperate for, a longing that screams for attention and pushes you to fulfill it. We see cravings in addicts. The only way to really combat a craving that is a distraction is to crave God’s Word more.
Be desperate for God. There’s a choice: be a Demas who ends up distracted or a woman who is desperate for Jesus and ends up hearing, “Well done!”