“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink, sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us. (The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis, Harper One, 1949, page 16).
In one of the parables that illustrates what Lewis is writing about, Jesus says, “but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). They also “choke” our desires so we settle for the “weak and worthless…principles of the world” (Galatians 4:9). This is not freedom in Christ!
God is working by the Holy Spirit in these days to make followers of Jesus strong in faith so we can “stand firm in the faith” (1 Corinthians 16:13). This is being a true disciple of Jesus with the desires that come from Him. I urge you to ask the Holy Spirit to give you strong desires and put your whole heart into pursuing Christ.
Will you use these words of David as a prayer to the Lord? “With my whole heart I seek You; let me not wander from Your commandments!” (Psalm 119:10).
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