1 John 2: 15-17: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
The headline grabbed my attention: “Global Elite Descend on Davos to ‘Reshape World’. Davos is an Alpine village, 90 miles southeast of Zurich, Switzerland. The meeting, to be held this week, will include “2500 heads of state, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, young global leaders and assorted cultural and social visionaries.” Names such as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, YAHOO CEO Marissa Mayer, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and actors Matt Damon and Goldie Hawn are on the list of those expected to attend.
How, exactly, do these global “elites” intend to reshape the world? The world as we know it is being radically “reshaped” every day. Cellphones and personal computers are being monitored by our government, civil rights such as gun ownership are being threatened by liberals, homosexual marriages and marijuana are becoming legal and things once considered “taboo” are now openly accepted. What more needs to be “reshaped.”
What is the proper response for the followers of Jesus Christ? First, we are called to love God and not love the things of the world. As Christians, we are called to make the world a better place by the manner in which we live and by the message which we preach. Second, we are called by God to “do the will of the God”. Doing His will involves forsaking the direction in which this world is going.
Remember this: This world is not your home as a Christian. You are a pilgrim passing through. It is better to prepare for the world to come than it is to get comfortable in the one which now is. Thankfully, God Himself will reshape His world one day. And it will be in much better shape than any shape the “global elite” can make it into.
Father, I choose to love you more than I love this world. Help me to do your will as I live in this present world. In Jesus name, Amen.