I don’t mean to be morbid, but we are all going to die one day. It’s inevitable. No one is going to live forever. Sure, some of us may live longer than others, and some of us may live longer than we want. I hear getting older isn’t for wimps! Still, regardless of what you do, you aren’t going to live forever. That age-defying cream, magic pill, and new and improved workout routine may help you look younger, even help you live longer and may even improve your quality of life, but the end is eventually going to come. We all are going to pass away. In reality, we are already passing away. Every breath we take brings us closer to the inevitable.
The World is Passing Away
Just like we are passing away, John tells us that the world and its desires are passing away, too.
“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (1 Jn 2:17)
On one undisclosed day, this world is going to come to end. Jesus will return, judge the world, and restore it to its former glory. We can be sure that will happen because God told us it will in His Word. God’s Word can be trusted because God’s promises have been fulfilled consistently and perfectly throughout biblical history. The world and its corrupt and evil system is passing away.
Knowing the trajectory of the things of this world and their declared and promised end should drive us to place our hope and trust in God and not in the world.
If you have been betting on the world, hoping it was going to fulfill your every desire and longing, hoping that if you just held on a little longer everything would be alright, know that it won’t. The world can’t and won’t fulfill you, nor can it provide ultimate salvation. It's just passing away.