Archive for August, 2013

How hungry are you for God?

Posted: August 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Forty-third in the series Get close to God

Bible with communionComfortable, Content, Satisfied.  Sound good?  While we should appreciate the blessings God has given us, these adjectives can actually lead to a stagnant and lukewarm Christian life.  The American dream tends to temper our dependence on God, puff up our pride and in many cases, relegate our religion to a weekly ritual and meal time graces to keep us in good standing.  We tend to forget how wretched we are and how much we need Christ to live a holy life.

Maybe we don’t know what we’re missing.  Maybe we don’t understand how Paul could say that everything he had accomplished in his life was rubbish compared to knowing Christ.  (Philippians 3:8)  God gives us material things to enjoy, but if we’re not careful they can become idols, cheap imitations for the true riches he intends for us.  Materialism can lull us into a false sense of security and make us complacent, eroding our trust and dependence on him.

“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You…my soul clings to You…my soul longs for You.”  (Psalm 63:1, 8, 143:6)  Do David’s words describe your appetite for God?  If not, how can we increase our desire for him, or for anything, for that matter?  Think back on the first time you tried a new food and discovered you liked it or discovered a common interest with an acquaintance which resulted in a close friendship over time.  “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8)  Seek and pursue Christ like you would for buried treasure and you’ll be rewarded.  When you find him and get to know him, you’ll desire him above all else.

I am so content that I’m not content

The closer I get to God, the more I want him.  According to Andrew Murray, “It is only into the thirst of an empty soul that streams of living water flow.  Ever thirsting is the secret of never thirsting.”  I have become so content with Christ that I’m not content when I have allowed the distractions of life to pull me away from him.  Even my emotions and moods are affected.  My quiet times are more than a filling station.  They’re an opportunity to enjoy sweet fellowship with my Savior and immerse myself into his word, not just to read my daily quota.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”  (John 6:53)  If you want to really live, you need Christ in you.  Everything else is counterfeit.

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we don’t have to fake a smile.  The joy and peace comes through and we don’t need a self improvement book to make us feel good about ourselves.  We just need to count our blessings and share this priceless gift with others who are trying to fill their empty souls.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  (Mathew 5:6)


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