Jean-Claude Van Damme’s amazing split between two trucks has been seen on YouTube by 68 million people! This stunt, performed for a commercial, was done in only one take. Although there was a safety line and two platforms for his feet, this incredible feat could not have succeeded had Jean-Claude not been in amazing physical shape. Even so, the splits done between two moving trucks over hard pavement was risky. The drivers had to be attentive to keep the distance constant. A small difference in direction on the part of one truck would see Jean-Claude likely injured on the ground.
Today’s verse talks about two choices available; loving the world or loving the Father. These two options are diametrically opposed. Straddling the two is not even possible as they go in different directions. Loving the world means being consumed by all that feels good, all that looks good and all that will feed our pride (verse 16). Loving the world is adopting its value system. But all of these desires as well as the world will one day be gone. However, those who love the Father and live for Him will live forever (verse 17).
I do not want to love something that is here today and gone tomorrow. I want to love and be loved and have it last. The world offers everything but delivers nothing. How easy it is to be swept up in the pursuits of gratifying myself. But there is no satisfaction found in any worldly desire. That is because I am made for the Father’s love. He fills me and completes me, making life full! (John 10:10)
Lord, I choose Your love above all!