The World, or God's Will?

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)

Muhammed Ali was crowned the heavyweight boxing champion of the world on three separate occasions. At the height of his career, his face appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated more times than any other athlete.

Only a few years after his retirement from boxing, sportswriter Gary Smith visited Ali at his farmhouse. In an outlying barn that Ali used as his gym, there were pictures of the champ in his prime – photos of the boxer dancing and punching, his fist punching the air after victories, holding high his championship belt in triumph.

While streaks ran down most of the pictures – bird droppings from pigeons that lived in the rafters of the gym. Seeing the mess that covered his mementos, Ali walked over the row of pictures and turned them, one by one, to the wall.

He walked to the door, stared at the countryside, and mumbled something so quietly that Gary Smith had to ask him to repeat it.

“I had the world,” he said, “and it wasn’t nothin’. Look now.”

Paul wrote:

For the present form of this world is passing away. (1 Corinthians 7:31).

John agreed, writing:

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:17).

Our world is temporary – including its fame, pleasure, wealth. Everything we see in our world is in the process of disintegration, and will eventually be destroyed.

So, if our priority is these short-lived things, we will inevitably wind up disappointed. God’s will, however, is unchanging and eternal. Those who follow Him will reap an eternal reward!

Today, make sure your focus is on what really lasts! Have a great day, and keep moving forward.