23rd June 2015
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them." (1 John 2:15 NIV).
The world is always telling us what we should be. The world is always telling us who we should do. The world is always telling us how we should act and think and what we should believe. There is a great pressure on us to conform to the world's ways.
One of the great problems we have is that our own hearts 'buy the lie'! We love the idea of being accepted and loved by the world and we spend much of our time striving and straining to be like them. And yet, strangely, there is no joy or peace in the world's ways. They do not belong to the Father.
Oh what joy it is to know our Father; to know that Jesus has saved us into the Father's family; to be filled with the pure peace of the Holy Spirit. Here is life in all its fullness. Here is the rest we desire so much. We don't need to strive to do and be because we know who we already are.
People waste their whole lives chasing after the acceptance and glories of this world and it comes to nothing - it is in the end meaningless. But we know the Father!
Rev Derek Schiller (originally provided by SMS to ACC members)