In Love with the Wrong Things

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In Love with the Wrong Things

In life, to what or to whom do you have the greatest attachments?  Where do your strongest devotions abide?

In Matthew 19, the Bible speaks of a rich, young ruler who had many possessions.  Yet, he had a burning question on his heart and mind.  He asked Jesus, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”

After a discussion, Jesus finally said, “Go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  But after considering Jesus’ answer, the Bible says, “When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”

The rich, young ruler wanted to have his feet in two places: One with Jesus and the other with the World (see James 4:4 and Matthew 6:24).  Yet, when Jesus told him that wouldn’t work, he decided that he loved the world more than the things of God.  And ultimately, he went away sad because he was in love with the wrong things.

For the rich young ruler, it was possessions.  For David, it was another man’s wife (2 Samuel 11).  For Uzziah, it was pride (2 Chron 26).  What is it in your life?  For me, it could easily be a focus on sports.

How often do we set our affections on the world instead of the things of God (see Col 3:1)?  1 John 2:15-17 challenges us to think through these questions.