Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (I Jn. 2:17)
Everything that an individual knows and experiences on earth is temporal. Though one’s longing, desire, and eagerness to possess or enjoy these things for himself may be great, keep in mind that they are as the grass of the field, here today and tomorrow thrown into the fire and burned. “The world draws the heart away from God; and the more the love of the world prevails, the more the love of God decays” (Matthew Henry). The believer is encouraged to build his life on the Chief Cornerstone that the builders rejected. Affection set on the things of the world will quickly fade away and die. As Corrie ten Boom once said, “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”
The things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:16). We are admonished to set our mind on choosing “Thy will be done” not “my will be done,” aligning our will with God’s will and the work of our hands with God’s work. He who does the will of God abides forever. To do the will of God is to have victory over earthly lusts. Victory over the world begins in the heart of man. It is possible to accomplish God’s will in whatever station of life we are called—whether changing diapers or running a corporation. The difference between works that will be thrown into the fire and that which will abide forever is the motive of our heart. Do we allow temporal situations and activities to usurp the will of God in our life? There is much to lure us away from our Chief Cornerstone. Though situations will change, doubts arise, and troubles come, we can stand firm knowing that we will abide with Him through all eternity.
You must be vigilant in prayer and in heart if you are to achieve victory over the god of this world. Every day you have your work set before you. What one earthly desire would you be willing to relinquish today? What spiritual desire would you replace it with? First demonstrated in your life, then copied by your children. As one generation follows another, the world passes away, and the lusts thereof, but he that does the will of God abides forever. “Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane, but the church of Jesus constant will remain.”