Sharin’ With Karen
“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 (ESV)
As being a father goes, I am blessed beyond measure. YHVH has given me the blessing of stewardship with two kids. I have a son who just recently walked his way into adulthood. Some of you may have met Kevin while he served at Keswick. And then there is my daughter, Karen. Some of you have met her while she served at Keswick and some of you have gotten to experience her personality. I am not too sure if my son exhibits any of my traits to anyone BUT with Karen it is a different story. We are two peas in a pod and it is an unusual thing to have to say I call her junior at times. Anyway…
I graduated from The Colony of Mercy on Karen’s sixth birthday. I struggled with having some sort of gift to give her. Thanks to a guy named Tom P. (and if you’re reading this you know who you are) there was something there for her to open and once that was done it was time to head to Chapel. I was allowed to share a verse and what I was going to be doing so I shared 1 John 2:15-17 while video of my daughter making faces was being taken. Since that time I’ve continually shared the lesson that these verses are teaching with Karen and now I share them with you.
It really isn’t a terrible thing for the stuff in this world to be desired or possessed as long as they are used in the way YHVH intended them to be used and that would be by His grace. We need to understand that it is the world that wishes to draw our hearts away from YHVH and that as believers we must not seek or value possessions for those purposes to which sin abuses them in the way the world does. Because of what went on in The Garden stuff decays and to love the stuff that dies or rot’s is just plain foolishness. You waste the love you should be sharing with YHVH on a creation that has fallen due to its own selfish desire to be like YHVH.
And what does that selfish desire look like? Well we break it down into three categories per Matthew Henry…
1. The lust of the flesh, of the body: wrong desires of the heart, the appetite of indulging all things that excite and inflame sensual pleasures.
2. The lust of the eyes: the eyes are delighted with riches and rich possessions; this is the lust of covetousness.
3. The pride of life: a vain man craves the grandeur and pomp of a vain-glorious life; this includes thirst after honor and applause.
As Karen as recently turned sixteen I was surprised by the fact that she didn’t want all those worldly recognitions of a sweet sixteen party. If you were able to sit with her and talk with her you would hear a fun loving girl but it would be salted with the voice of a mature young woman in Christ. The night I came home from The Colony we gathered around her birthday cake and sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her and asked her what she wanted. She said, with an assurance “Daddy”. She knew then that she didn’t need the stuff of this world just daddy (in a sense, that’s me). Wouldn’t it be cool for us to realize all we need is ABBA Father…DADDY? – Chris Hughes is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger and graduate from the Colony of Mercy
Quote of the day: “Unless this victory over the world is begun in the heart, a man has no root in himself, but will fall away, or at most remain an unfruitful professor. Yet these vanities are so alluring to the corruption in our hearts, that without constant watching and prayer, we cannot escape the world, or obtain victory over the god and prince of it.”—Matthew Henry
Verse to Memorize: “Put away your crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Proverbs 4:24-25 ESV