Goodbye World – I’ll Stay No Longer With You
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you the love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from the world.”
1 John 2:15-16
There is a famous song people sing at their baptism and the words are as follows:
“Goodbye world, I’ll stay no longer with you,
Goodbye pleasures of sin, I’ll stay no longer with you,
I’ve made up my mind to go God’s way for the rest of my life.”
Much like today’s verse, it is a declaration to move away from a lifestyle of saying yes to sin and it’s cheap and superficial pleasures, and instead, saying yes to a life of fullness in Jesus Christ. Let us be clear that the word ‘world’ is not talking about the people in it, otherwise that would contradict Jesus’ words to love the world. Rather, the word ‘world’ is more the system of living for self-gratification, pride, and selfish ambition. It a system that denies who God is and lives in the opposite spirit to Godly living.
When John writes, do not love this world, he is not saying don’t love people, but rather saying don’t love the things that offer temporary pleasure. These things only lead to disappointment and a separation from intimacy with the Father. As John writes, the world‘s attractions are cheap frills that promise to satisfy our cravings for pleasure, yet all they do is leave us empty. Moreover, they are in conflict with how our Father wants us to live. Friends, only God can satisfy. Only God can fill our hearts with acceptance, joy and love. Will you reject the enemy’s cheap lies and say ‘goodbye’ to the world and the pleasures of sin?! Will you make a decision to live for Jesus and go God’s way?!