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. 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)
Do My Will
Do you love the world? This is a very important question. Is your life motivated by what you want to have and do and be? I’m not sure what you mean. What are you asking me? Do you want to be rich? Do you want to have an abundance of possessions? Are you always pursuing the next latest and greatest thing? Do you want to accomplish great things? Do you want to make a name for yourself? Do you want to be admired and respected and looked up to? Do you live for the applause of the crowd? Do you need constant affirmation from people? Is your perspective earthly? Are you living for all that this world will offer you? Do you now understand what I am asking of you? Yes, I do.
I have been enticed by the world. I have chased after all that the world offers. I have wanted the latest and greatest new thing. I have pursued riches and honor and prestige. I have wanted to make a name for myself. I have wanted to accomplish great things. I have wanted to hear the applause of the crowd. I have wanted to be admired and respected and looked up to. My perspective has been earthly. I have lived for the moment. I have not had an eternal perspective. I have chased after what is unsatisfying and will one day amount to nothing. Forgive me. You are forgiven.
What changes would you like to make? I want to have a heavenly perspective. I want to live the life that you are calling me to live. I want my love for you to motivate and enflame my desire to serve you. I want my heart and mind and life to be focused on you. I want to know and do your will. I want to follow you to where you lead me. I want to do what you ask of me. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to live for the applause of heaven. I want to do what is good and right and pleasing in your sight. One day, I want to hear you say, “well done, good and faithful servant. To be and do all that you have called me to be and do I will need your help. Is that your desire? Is that your prayer? Yes Lord, it is. I will hear and answer this desire and prayer of your heart. I will help you to know and do my will.
Lord, I have loved the world. I have wanted what the world offers. I have been filled with craving, lusts and boasts. I have been proud of what I have and have done. Forgive me. I pray that my love for you will now motivate and enflame my desire to do your will. Amen
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