What do we love? Certain types of food? Certain sports teams? Some political cause? Money? Sexual gratification? Power? Fame? The list could go on and on, and the list would be different for some people and maybe longer for others. But we all have certain things that we love. Our love for those things causes us to change our schedules, our budgets, and even our friendships so that we can make more room for the things we love.
Love is powerful. But sometimes love is also misguided. Consider the amount of money spent in America on professional sports while homeless people sleep in the shadow of those massive sports arenas. Consider the amount of time spent accumulating power and prestige in some club or social group while the actual mission or purpose of that club or group goes unfulfilled because there are not enough volunteers to get the work done. When we love the wrong things, it makes life less satisfying and society weaker than if we loved the right things.
So what should we love?
Here is a powerful Word from God about what we should love:
"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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever" 1 John 2:15-17
If we all took those verses and applied them to our personal lives, how would it change what we love?
Lord, help us to love You and to love the things You love. Amen.
Dr. Terry W. Dorsett has been a pastor, church planter, denominational leader and author in New England for more than 20 years. He is a happy husband, a proud father and adoring grandfather. He is a cancer survivor and believes that God works powerfully through times of suffering. He writes extensively and you can find all of his books at: