1 John 2:16, CEV
You and me– We are trying very hard to escape from the evil found everywhere in this world system. Satan’s access point is our own ‘built-in’ pride. He can reach right into our hearts using that particular spot. We all have this thirst for recognition and worship (of course, with a small ‘w’). John calls this ‘foolish’. And we are fools! And yet it is so hard for us to be small.
‘Our selfish desires’ are very difficult to unplug. We have a thirst for things and we will spend a great deal of time and effort to get the ‘item of the moment’. We see something new or novel, and we must get one for ourselves. It’s like a compulsion. When we get our prize, it starts to collect dust in our closet. It rarely lives up to our lofty expectations. Funny thing, is we feel deprived if we can’t possess it. Even though the consistent pattern is to lose interest in our ‘prize’ once we have it.
‘Our desire to have everything we see’ is John’s evaluation of people in general. It’s been thousands of years, but John is timeless. He ‘zaps’ us and lifts the curtain to what is really inside our hearts. WE WANT IT ALL! Everything that ‘tickles’ our fancy, is to become ours. I want all of it! If I see it, desire it, it is mine. Step back, and think about the wickedness of this. If we ‘x-ray’ pride, do a CAT scan on it, we will discover 1 John 2:16 opened up and wiggling right there in front of us.
We must come to the place were we want to look at who we are, deep down. We can so easily avoid truth. ‘Just keep moving’, and don’t think about it. And then we run right smack dab into this solid marble pillar of 1 John 2:16. We pick ourselves up, check for broken bones, and start to wonder about this thing that can’t be eroded away. It stands, untouched through time. That stands before us as eternal truth. It causes us to come to the point of making a real decision.
Is John making sense? Is he communicating clearly? I believe he is. I have no significant reason to set aside his observations. As a matter of fact, he confirms my suspicions and gives me some intelligence and guidance on how life unfolds. This verse, all that it is contains, is the property of the Holy Spirit. It is a completely saturated ‘sponge’, that is overfilled with the presence of the Lord. I must encourage you, the reader, to look again at John. Let that book press into your very being.