My husband’s favorite ice cream shop is Coldstone Creamery. His favorite ice cream there is the “Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some” with vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, cookie dough, fudge, and caramel. Coldstone serves its ice cream in three sizes: Like it, Love it, and Gotta Have It. If we go anywhere near the mall, I have to distract him or he will start shouting, “Coldstone!!” He’s a bit obsessed.
We often use the word “obsessed” casually or lightheartedly. We use the word “obsessed” to describe our love for our favorite food, animal, or TV show. So when do our cravings turn into obsessions and then addictions? How do we know when we have entered into a dangerous or unhealthy obsession with something?
1 John 2:15–17 says, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
The world offers cravings for physical pleasure: things we can see, achievements, and possessions. All these things that we crave on this Earth will fade away. What if we began to crave things not of this world? What if we craved the Word of God like we crave our favorite sweet treat? What if our craving for spending time with Jesus went from a Like it, to a Love it, to a Gotta Have It? When we dive into the Word daily, we become more and more aware of our deep need for more of Jesus and less of us. When it comes to overcoming addiction and resetting our lives to a healthy level, the first and most important step is to learn the craving of what’s not of this world.
Listen to Lord I Need You by Matt Maher, and reflect on our deep need for Jesus.