INTRODUCTIONAccording to the apostle Paul, the last days would be marked by an ever greater love for pleasure than a love for the Lord. This lack of love for the Lord might manifest itself in various ways but ultimately results from a heart problem. For instance, an individual might forsake Bible reading or prayer in order to enjoy some form of amusement. He might choose not to take part in his church’s outreach because he is instead consumed with pleasure-seeking. He might forsake the assembling together with the saints of God in a worship service because he is consumed by seeking out worldly entertainment. Though men justify these things, this is an open manifestation that men choose pleasures over the God who sent His Son to die for their sins.
- (For children): The rich young ruler was sure he sufficiently loved God until he found out what was really in his heart (Luke 18:20-23). Many times we know what we should do, but our desires get in the way (Ezekiel 33:31). God must always come first (Matthew 22:37-38).
- (For everyone): Do you ever allow pleasure to get in the way of your devotion to the Lord? Does it ever keep you from your Bible study, prayer, witnessing, or church attendance?
- When you choose the pleasures of this world over the Lord, what does this suggest to the Lord? What can you do to ensure that this does not happen?
- Ask God to give you a stronger love for Him.
- Ask the Lord to help you choose Him over pleasures.