“The Real Thing” 

1 John‬ ‭2:15-17‬ ‭NLT
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
Craving – when we feel empty or lonely or unloved, it’s tempting to think we can fill our emptiness with temporary physical pleasures, such as food, tv, sports, drink, clothing, shoes etc. But the things we consume eventually consume us. What starts out as a small thing, can become something we can’t get enough of. When watching the latest episode of that box set becomes more important to us than time alone with God, we have a problem.
Lust – Lusting after anything else that pulls us away from our true, first love – Jesus. When our eyes see that shiny thing that someone else has that we want, and we start to believe that ‘if I could only have one too, my life would become as shiny as theirs’. And we become so focused on that shiny thing, that it totally eclipses Jesus. And we’re hooked – enticed to go to any lengths to get that shiny thing!
Boasting – We’ve all done it, and we’ve all seen others do it. And it’s so cringey. We feel rejected, left out, ‘less than’ – so we feel the need to blow our own trumpet to ease our pain a little. Some do it in company, or from public platforms. Others on social media. On Social Media, the likes and complimentary comments seem to pour “healing balm” on the sting of rejection. But it’s a lie! Its a temporary fix. Like one of those fake creams that you buy over the Internet, that has all the right packaging of an expensive ointment but is a cheap copy. God offers something REAL to heal our hearts and fill every emptiness we may feel and in him there is no lack: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; ”Isaiah‬ ‭55:1-3‬a

Jill McIlreavy. April 2017

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