“for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world.” 2 Timothy 4:10
There comes a point when we must choose where our affections and attention will be focused, because there are two worlds that vie for our attention. And by their very nature, they are mutually exclusive. Those who try to divide their heart between the two will find themselves to be most frustrated.
This present world is loud and sparkly and offers enjoyment for all. “Come and play”, it cries. “There are no rules here. You are free to do whatever makes you happy.” The problem is that all its promises are empty and it fails to deliver the happiness it guarantees. And the world will never tell you that its pleasures are temporary and the payment that is required at the end of your days is your very soul. But for many people, even at that price, this present world is too enticing to tear themselves away from.
Our lives are conducted at such a feverish pace that we do not live in the awareness that these few years we have on earth are quickly passing, with the end of each day bringing us that much closer to our final destination. And before we know it, this present world will be past and all that will remain is eternity. If all you are living for now is this present world, there will be no place for you in heaven and eternity becomes a most unpleasant future for you.
But those who are Christ’s have a different world in view – an eternal dwelling with our eternal Saviour.
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” Phil 3:20
We live here in this present world only for so brief a moment. My friends, let us not become attached to the things this world offers, but let us look beyond this present world to our future, and eternal, dwelling. With only one glance upon the face of Jesus Christ, we will forget that there was ever anything else but Him.