The world and its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.
1 John 2:17
Already lust is dated and old, not just the thing we lust after but lust itself. Unholy desire for the unholy is in itself passé and decrepit. We are deceived into thinking that desire is new and modern, one of Satan’s best tricks, but there is nothing new under the sun.
The scene of a drama is ended, the stage lights darken, the actors exit and as our eyes adjust we can see forms of people in black coming on to the stage and carrying off the scenery and the props never to be seen again in the play. That is the biblical image of what is happening in the world, and it is important to grasp the tense. This is not what will happen one day, though it will be completed one day, rather this is what is happening right now. Just as in a drama, one day the lights will come on and there will be another set and new scenery. We live in the time of seeing the old scenery carted off and, like the drama, it requires unusual vision to see it happening.
Doing the will of God requires faith. God looks at the heart and he is describing the heart of faith that results in actions and a different lifestyle. That person remains forever.
Malachi prophesied of the coming of the Messiah, “The sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2). The work of God’s redemption has already begun. The good work that belongs to the future kingdom of God is already happening in the lives of those who believe. The wings of the sun is those first stretches of sunlight that streak across the sky in the early morning that announce that sunrise is not far away.
Child of God, do not be discouraged. The work begun in your heart shall be completed. The enemy that knocks upon your door is already losing his strength. The lust that wars in your heart is likewise passing away. The promises of God in which you have placed your hope shall be fulfilled, and you shall live to see it. As Job wrote, you too shall say, “I know that my Redeemer lives and in the end he will stand upon the earth, and after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh will I see God” (John 19:25-26). Death will be a door through which you pass into a bright future with God that shall never end.
Lord, let us listen to your voice today and know that this is the voice of eternity. Let us lose our love for the things of the world and see how quickly they wilt and fade. Let us see how You are eternal and invest our hopes and loves in You. Amen.