1 John | Day Four
By: Callie Clayton
Sometime last year, I had to give up social media for a while. It just consumed me. It depleted my thoughts, my time, my dreams.
Remember when #goals was a thing? Social media has a great way of highlighting what we lack in our own life and elevating what we want next. It could be a relationship, a wedding venue, a perfectly decorated home, an ideal job, an outfit, or a haircut. But when I was so focused on all of those things, all of the things I wanted but didn’t yet have, my priorities and my emotional well-being were all out of whack.
What posts on social media make you want to comment #goals?
As you hold those images in your mind, read 1 John 2:7-17 and underline the verses that stand out to you. We’ll focus our time today on verses 15-17.
What does John mean when he says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world” (vs. 15)?
Why is it impossible for God’s love to be in you if you love the world?
Think about the things that you love. Can you put them into these three categories?
Desires of the flesh (See Galatians 5:16-21) -
Desires of the eyes -
Pride of possessions -
According to verse 17, what does John warn us will happen to the world?
Why should we seek the things of God instead?
Read Psalm 84:1-2 and 84:10. Is this true for you?
Choosing to love the things of God rather than the things of this world can feel difficult until you know God so well, you don’t want anything other than Him. I promise Jesus is so much better than anything in this world has to offer!
What do you love most about Jesus?
How has God been there for you or satisfied you more than the things in this world?
The coolest part about living for God is the strength He gives you to do it! You’re not on your own--commanded to follow Jesus as God watches you struggle from heaven. Here at Minted Truth, we echo John’s words to his readers in 1 John 2:14. Go ahead and fill in the blank with your name, because this an incredible, personal reminder about who you are through Jesus:
We write to you, ________________, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
As you finish your time in God’s Word today, pray and thank Him that He loves you so much. Ask for strength while He shifts your desires so that you long for Him more than the things in this world. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you and show you who He created you to be. Then, be ready to follow Him, even if that means giving up some of your worldly “goals”.