Love Not the World! (1John 2:15).
What is the world? A shadow; a deception; the enemy of God. What can it do for us? It may enchant, but it will deceive. It may please for a time but will sting in the end. It is an enemy’s country; we must pass through it, but we should be too intimate with the inhabitants of it. It crucified our Saviour; it is in open rebellion against our God; it has allured, deceived, and injured many of our brethren; it is reserved unto fire at the judgment of the great day. We shall soon be called to leave it, we may be called today; “for what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Let us fix and spend our love upon a worthier object; let us turn our thoughts to heaven, to Jesus; and let us seek grace that we may daily and heartily say, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” Precious Saviour! Engross our attention, fix our affections, and be always our all in all! None but Jesus, none but Jesus, should be our motto every day. He alone is worthy of our love; and he is worthy of it, for he died and lives to win it.