1 John 2:15-17 (MSG)
15-17 Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
Progress is important no matter how small you might feel like your steps are. This could be going on social media less to be able to read the Bible more, this could be talking to a new guy or girl at church that you are interested in getting to know even though your past experiences have made you feel unworthy, this could be applying for new jobs because you know you were created for more, really anything. I like this verse because it reminds us that it’s human nature to want lots of worldly things, but we should always strive to want what God wants and to see ourselves and life the way He does. We shouldn’t only desire what the world wants if we claim to be new creations in Christ. It’s a journey so it’ll take one step at a time, but it should still be a progression in the proper direction. Meaning, if the world wants you to be a swindler in order to gain success you shouldn’t pursue that at the expense of your integreity. God wants us to be successes but ultimately we get our success from who He is, not who we are. God is good and generous and He wants good things for His children:
Matthew 7-11 MSG “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?
God wants us to have good relationships with Godly people and be kind and generous to those who don’t know Him. He also wants us to see ourselves the way that He sees us and not live in fear of how we have been treated in the past by people. We should also desire to live out the purposes He designed us for–whether we think we are capable of them or not.
Romans 8:15-17 MSG This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!
In short God wants us to live a step-by-step life alongside Him. He is our Father and He wants us to be His children–dependent on Him and under His protection and favor. We don’t need to be concerned with what the world thinks of us or who it says we are. We only need to keep pace alongside God.