“15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” – 1 John 2:15-17
I bought my acoustic guitar when I was a freshman in college. The company that produces it makes each guitar by hand and they had an increase in orders and got behind. My guitar arrived to campus within days of the finishing touches be put on it. I opened the box and could smell the newness of the wood. I played it a little bit and then sat it on a guitar stand and went to class. When I came back to my dorm room and opened the door I walked into a room that was filled with the smell of fresh wood. I loved the smell, but after a few months the newness wore off and the fresh wood smell was replaced with the smell of dirty laundry and milk that had expired.
Who doesn’t like having something new? If I was giving you any car you wanted…you would probably choose a brand new car as opposed to a 2004 model. It is natural to desire nice and new things, but we run into trouble when we love those things more than we love God.
“22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” -1 John 2:15-17
Jesus tells the rich man here to sell everything because the rich man didn’t know what it meant to depend on God. It is easier for us to cling to our new and nice things than to cling to God. What is the things in your life that you’d have trouble giving up? When I first got my guitar if Jesus approached me and asked me to give it up in order to follow Him…I would have felt the same way that the rich man did.