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09 November, 2012

Why Desires Are Not Good Enough For God?

This is an excerpt of my book  “Apprehended & Apprehending”
Chapter 7 title “Our noble desires are not enough”

I can recall wanting a healthier body for the past thirty years, but in my mind, the pain it takes to keep a workout discipline outweigh my desire for an ideal body. In the same way our desires to live out a life of intimacy with Christ is honorable, but that’s all there is to it if we do not take it further with a childlike faith and attitude in Christ. We cannot be content with simply praying a good life to happen as if by magic. No, we must seek diligently for Him.

Look what His Word says to us in Proverbs 8:17,
“I love those who loves me, and those who seek me find me.”
No need for interpretation, it’s clear. It takes faith to seek for Him—more so, it takes love for Him and the dismissal of man’s approval and attitude towards us while we seek Him. Any desire to get closer to God, if not moved by an action of our faith in Him, will remain just what it is—a desire. All over the Bible, we can see that desires are not enough to live the Christian life. When we read the Scriptures, we see that we are on a journey of becoming. If all we had to do was to wait—while going through the motions and accumulating head knowledge with our intellect—then there would not be any need for the Holy Spirit. Why would we need His help? God’s plan is for the Holy Spirit to help us become what our Father in Heaven wishes to see us become during life right here on earth. We know it is a journey of becoming, because Paul told us in Ephesians 4:13,
Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness
of Christ.

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