15 Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust and sensual craving of the flesh and the lust and longing of the eyes and the boastful pride of life [pretentious confidence in one’s resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father, but are from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and with it its lusts [the shameful pursuits and ungodly longings]; but the one who does the will of God and carries out His purposes lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17
We are called not to love the world or the things of the world. This simply means that if we truly love the Lord with our whole heart that we will not pursue the lust of the flesh. We are tempted on a daily basis, but what will guard and protect our hearts is our daily pursuit of Jesus Christ. Someone who truly loves the Lord will hunger after Him and desire to spend time in His presence. Their greatest joy will be time spent in the Lord’s presence.
The desires of the world and the lust of the flesh are simply born our of the wickedness of Satan. Satan is the god of this world who has blinded the minds and hearts of people. Those who pursue the world and its desires are simply blinded. As believers in Christ we are called to be a light in a very dark place. We are called to be vessels for His glory. As we pursue Jesus daily our lives will be transformed. The Lord will lead, guide, and direct every step.
The world and its desires are passing away. Some day the Lord shall return and establish a new Heaven and new Earth. Those presently on this earth who pursue Christ and do His will, will spend an eternity in God’s kingdom. To do the will of God can only happen as we abide in Him and walk in close intimate fellowship with Him. He is the one who solely empowers us to accomplish the will of the Father. As we seek Him, the Holy Spirit will lead and guide us.