In today’s wireless world, one can easily become distracted. Being distracted while driving is dangerous, often deadly. After having conducted numerous studies on distracted driving, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety gained and shared insight on how this behavior affects various groups. Teen drivers have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States. The Foundation’s study revealed that 6 out of 10 teen drivers were distracted during the six seconds leading up to a crash, primarily as a result of talking to passengers or using cell phones. Seniors (older drivers), on the other hand, are some of the safest on the road. The Foundation has given us tips on staying safe, one being to simply turn off your cell phone. It can wait. Thousands of drivers have been killed in crashes known to involve distracted drivers.
There is something worse than being distracted while driving vehicles, and that is driving your life and being distracted from God. The Bible says, “What does it profit a man to have everything and lose his soul?” You are valuable; your soul is priceless. Money could not pay for it. It cost God His only Son. The devil will try and distract you from God. Just like the individual texting while driving, we think we can multi-task, and, just like the driver, we too, will crash at some point. Matthew tells us in Matthew 6:24) that “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” We cannot serve God and Man. You cannot serve your spouse and God. You cannot serve your kids and God. In others words, you cannot put anything before God. There are treasures in heaven. We are wise to give diligence to making our titles to eternal life sure through Jesus Christ and to look on all things here below as unworthy of being compared with it. We are even wiser to be content with nothing short of that. It is happiness above and beyond the changes and chances of time.
John tells us in 1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does, comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the Will of God lives forever”. The man portrayed here is the man who is not distracted. Love for the world pushes out love for the Father. Trying to love two is hard to do, for our God is a jealous God. We cannot sneak around on God—have a secret lover. We cannot love the world and God at the same time. The Love for God overrides the love for the world. Love for the world excludes love for God because all that is of the world is not of God. Loving the world, relative to loving God, is like oil and water or daylight and dark. It will never mix or work.
John could have rested his case at the end of verse 16, but he does not. He adds two more arguments…two more Incentives to not love the world; to not be distracted—reasons as to why we should turn off that cell phone we know as “the world”. John said the world is passing away, along with its lusts. Nobody buys stock in a company that is sure to go bankrupt. No rationally-thinking person builds a house on quicksand or takes a cruise on a sinking ship. No reasonably-sound person would lay up treasure where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal, would he/she? The world is passing away; therefore, to set your heart on it (the world) is only asking for heartache and misery in the end. Only God’s Word will stand. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ Blood and righteousness. On Christ, the Solid Rock I stand. ALL other ground is sinking sand.” Again, the world, along with the lust of the world, will pass away. Getting hooked on the things of the world will only lead to those things leaving you or killing you spiritually (sometimes, physically as well).
If this was actually a case in which John gives his closing statement and places the case into the hands of the jury, which, in this case, would be you, how would you vote? Do you love the world and the things of the world so much that you will subject yourself to perishing with the world? Or do you love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, your mind, your soul, and your strength….to the extent that you will do His Will and live for Him with an undying hope to live with Him forever? There is a secular R&B song that says, “Trying to love two sho ain’t easy to do.” It is referring to a so-called “love triangle”. But when it comes to choosing between loving the world and loving God, I am charged to serve you notice that trying to love two is IMPOSSIBLE to do. Friends, it is worth it to focus on Jesus. In fact, it is a matter of spiritual life and death.