The World is Falling Apart

Did you know that the world is falling apart? It’s not encouraging, but it’s true.

  • Jesus points this out in Matthew 6:19, when He says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.” Yes, your material possessions deteriorate and disappear, whether valuable objects, clothing or money itself. A new car loses value the minute you drive it off the dealer’s lot. It’s a fact of life.
  • Paul points this out in 1 Corinthians 7:31, when he writes, “The form of this world is passing away.” The Earth as you know it is passing out of existence, literally; it is going away right before your eyes. Take a time lapse video of anything over the course of a season or a year. What will you observe? That your subject will regress if no outside help is provided. Scientists call this the second law of thermodynamics.
  • Peter points this out in 1 Peter 1:24, when he writes, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away.” The life cycle of plants in nature and the characteristics of human youth and health, both of these things enjoy a brief moment of glory. But very soon, the glory goes away. It falls apart. It withers and eventually dies. That’s how it goes in this world.
  • John points this out in 1 John 2:17, when he writes, “The world is passing away, and the lust thereof.” What he says here echoes Paul from 1 Corinthians 7:31. The world in its present form will not only be destroyed in the future, it is actually falling apart right now, day by day.

So how should we respond to this world that is falling apart?

  • Jesus says that you should not hoard material possessions and valuable items (Matthew 6:19). Do you follow this instruction?
  • Paul says that you should not be engrossed or fully committed to what is going on here (1 Corinthians 7:29-31). Are you?
  • John says that you should stop loving all of the things this world offers you (1 John 2:15). But do you love them?
  • Peter says that you should shift your focus to showing Christian love to the brothers and sisters with whom you share fellowship (1 Peter 1:22).

There is a better world coming. It will not be temporary, like this one. And it will not fall apart, like this one. And if you know Jesus Christ as Savior, then you are a citizen of this world already. You’re only passing through this present world on a very quick trip.

Avoid investing time, energy and resources into it, apart from what is necessary. And do whatever you can to invest your time, energy and resources into those things that will last forever. It’s the only wise and sensible choice. Yet somehow we easily forget.

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