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Topic: Desire (01/17/05)
TITLE: This is My Desire
By Bob Zoellner
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There are times I just have to watch football, especially when my beloved Browns or Buckeyes are on.
There are times when I need to take my wife out for a night together, even if the "entertainment" budget says I shouldn't.
Desires come in all shapes and sizes, and many times, we think nothing of fulfilling those desires because that's what we want to do. Even as christians, we seek to fulfill our desires, as long as we know it doesn't contradict the Word of God. Or even sometimes when it does.
My desire is to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind. When I stop to think about it, though, I often times wonder how I'm doing in the God department. Do I want God around just to take care of all my wishes? Am I doing the things I know I should be doing as a believer? The quiet time thing, the Bible reading, the prayer, loving my neighbor as myself.
I struggle at times, okay, a lot of times, with making that work. How am I supposed to handle all the responsibilities this life brings and make it work? I know I'm supposed to prioritize, to put my relationship with Christ first, and then let all the other things fall into place. At least that's what I'm told.
Yes, I believe what Matthew 6:33 says about seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and then all these other will be added unto me as well. That sounds good in theory, but how do I do that? I guess that's where the struggle comes. How do I get to that point, to practically live out that theory? I know I have a lot of questions, without a lot of answers right now. But, I suppose God is big enough for my questions.
I need wisdom in this undertaking. Proverbs tells me that nothing I desire more than wisdom compares with her. So, Lord, give me wisdom. Help me to get beyond the idea of serving you out of obligation, out of necessity, out of fear. Help me to want, really want, a relationship with you. More than the peripherals, more than the "stuff" of christianity. More than what you can simply do for me.
As the Psalmist said: "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." (Ps. 42:1 NIV). I long for your presence, O God. My soul thirsts for you. That's what my heart desires.
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