The grace offered will not be the grace taken, for he who loves the world will not give homage to One not of the world. For profit of the world is immediate, a grand enticement, but not eternal. He who strives, strives truly for only one kingdom. The Kingdom of the Father cannot be achieved, only rewarded of a life given fully. There is great obstacle for those seeking abundance of the earth. Choice of service is given to self (and the profits of the earth), or to the Father who teaches of the selfless, and the Son who has shown the Way. Grace is given for the shortfall, for even the dedicated heart sins in its following, but woe to the man who seeks grace without heart, who demands reward without repentance. All who call Me do not serve Me. Not all who call on the Name of God are heard, for in their heart there is no remorse, and the gathering for self is their god. Among these there will be those saved, but the worldly desires diminishing will be their evidence, and the repentant heart their emblem. The world is not a God to be served, but it is served still. The love of money is the bowing low of its followers.
1 John 2:15-17 (ESV) – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
Matthew 6:32-33 (ESV) – For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Bottom Line: It is a constant struggle and temptation to be dedicated to the things of the world, before the things of the Kingdom of God. Jesus taught that we can very easily get this backwards, and warned us to keep watch over our hearts. We are called to put the Father’s Kingdom first, and our earthly pursuits second. What does this look like for those of us who have to go to work everyday? For those who are followers of Jesus, and punch a clock but don’t work directly for a church? It means we work hard, that our paycheck still pays for food and the luxuries that are pleasing to God, but only after we have focused on His Kingdom first. We may have to give eight, ten, or twelve hours to the company today, but the company does not own us, or the toys and travel that might be ours because of it. Our hearts are His first, and if someone was secretly following us around, they would easily see that.