How Eternity-Hunger Helped Me

I find “the things of the world”
attractive. If sin didn’t allure,
we wouldn’t call it temptation.
But I also found a litte trick
that takes away the world’s
pull on me—just a switch
of some words that made me see
the world and grimace. It left
a bad taste in my mouth, and
the world became a little
more repulsive, a little
less attractive.

Want to try it?

The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
(1 John 17)

The world is passing away.
The world = what is passing away.

The previous verses say:

Do not love the world nor 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 and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
(1 John 2:15-16)

So, I replace “the world” with “[what is passing away]” in those verses and get:

Do not love [what is passing away] nor the things in [what is passing away]. If anyone loves [what is passing away], the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in [what is passing away], the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from [what is passing away].

The constant reminder that the world is passing away—not eternal—is a big turn-off to everything in me that longs for the eternal. The pull of forever with God, when I think of the world this way, helps me obey these verses.

The world is passing away. And I’m falling out of love with it.

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