Many people come to a sad end because they worship wrong gods. Some are wicked, having made a god out of sensual pleasure. Others are decent people, yet they have worshiped the wrong god.
Whenever an occupation or anything temporal takes priority in life, it becomes our god. The apostle John admonished us, “Do not love the world or the things in the world … For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:15-16). This can apply to any pursuit that becomes central in our lives.
When we love anything more than the true and living God revealed in the Bible, we are worshiping it. Whatever it is, it won’t last. And it won’t be able to help us when our plans shatter, our health fails, or death beckons. Only the true God can help us then. – Herbert Vander Lugt
The “world” is whatever cools our affection for Christ.
- October 28, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread