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Topic: LUST (all-consuming desire; excessive craving) (01/08/15)
TITLE: I Want It...and I Want It Right Now
By Doris Smith
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I have heard that the seed being planted was corn. Why? Jesus said, “Let those with ears hear. What grain comes on ears? Corn, of course. (I can hear the groans.) Okay, we don’t know what kind of seed, and it isn’t of importance in this story. What is important is to strive to be the seeds landing on good ground so we hear the word and share the Good News with others.
As the people of God, we so often fall short of our expected goals. We want to do the right things, but we get waylaid by worries, pleasures, and desires that we need to avoid. Whether it be food, drink, our neighbors’ belongings, or illicit sex, we have to fight our desires.
“I love pizza.” “I love my wife and children.” The word love is so often misused these days. Which do you love more…pizza or your family? We know what the correct answer should be. Why do some people get their priorities so confused?
Love vs. lust. Those words are also confused at times. One might lust after a Krispy Kreme donut that is filled with chocolate fluff, especially when suffering on the fifth day of a sugar-free diet. Another might lust after another man’s wife or woman’s husband. Quite a difference in the two types of lust.
When we are lusting over sinful things, people, or experiences, the Christian conscience fills one with guilt. Once the conscience is dealing with the guilt, then we become seed that is among the thorn bushes. Our production of Christian witness and service is choked out. The guilt is a positive attribute, because we need to know when to repent. But far better would be to stop the lustful thoughts before they turn into actions. “Get thee behind me, Satan!”
Mark 4:18-19 “Other people are like seeds planted among thorn bushes. They hear the word, but the worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of riches, and the desires for other things take over. They choke the word so that it can’t produce anything.” (from God’s Word version)
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