“And the world passes away, and the lust thereof…….” (I John 2:17).
This beautiful world was made by God as part of the works of His hands and was proclaimed to be good (Genesis 1). When God certifies a product to be good, it means it’s good. Through display of human skills and expertise, great empires have emerged over time (e.g. Egyptian, Roman and Babylonian empires) with their notable leaders. Many modern day European countries once boast of important edifices that attract tourists from all over the globe with the main purpose of admiring the ingenuity of human architectural works and preservation of archaeological discoveries.
As expected of every creation, there is a time to be born and a time to die (Eccl 3:2). Borrowing from stages of human’s life, the “evening time” is the ageing season. It’s characterised with “failing and falling off, and replacement of “many body parts. While we give credit to good maintenance culture in modern society, the glory of their latter is a shadow of what they used to be in their former days (Ezra 3:12).
Beloved, nothing of this world is made to last long again; no profitable company will manufacture a product with long tenure of life, talk less of having the tendency to be repaired. This present world is getting old fast. Perversion of truth is so rife, iniquity and ungodliness is at optimum level; our society now celebrates sin with great accolade. Indeed, Noah’s day has come upon us!
I John 2:15 – 17 provide us with a timely warning – this world is passing away i.e. it’s glory is fading off and beauty disappearing fast; therefore do not lay your treasure in this world because it’s return on investment is zero, but lay for yourself treasures in heaven (salvation of souls, practical Christian lifestyle etc) where locust or moth cannot destroy.
Believers should reckon that now is our salvation nearer than before (Rom 13:11) and be ready to meet our Saviour whose coming will be like a thief in the night (I Thess 5:2).