Devotion: What Really Matters

1 John 2:12-17 And the world is passing away, along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides Holy Spirit Windowforever. (v.17)

How often we forget this! This world is passing away. You and I are passing through. This is not our final destination; this is not our home. And yet we hold, cling, and grasp for things that will not last any more than we will. It is so easy to forget John’s warning, “Do not love the world or the things in the world” (1 John 2:12).

As Catholic Christians, we have to be conscious of two opposing influences on our lives. One influence constantly tries to convince us that “now” is all that matters, that “pleasure” is our highest call, and that “things” will make us happy. Christian literature often calls this “the world.” On the other hand, the Holy Spirit is also at work in the Christian’s life. He is always trying to show us that eternity is reality, that obedience is our highest call, and only our relationship with God in Christ can truly make us happy. Only in that can we “abide forever.”

John urges us to ignore the voice of the world and listen closely to the voice of the Spirit.

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Chris Findley is a former Episcopal Priest who converted to the Catholic Church in 2007. He currently serves as Head of the Theology Department at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, TN where he has taught Church History, Sacramental Theology and Scripture. Chris has written for national and international publications and various web resources. He is an occasional guest on Catholic radio and is available for speaking engagements, particularly on conversion and Scripture. He is also an avid pilot holding Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine, and Flight Instructor ratings. He is the founder of myFlightCoach.com, an online educational service for pilots seeking beginning or recurrent training. He and his wife Sheryl live in Nashville with their two sons Aidan and Evan.

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