What do I long for?
I believe that this is a question that we have all asked ourselves. This question is deep but telling. It is a question that has the potential to reveal the innermost workings of our hearts. What is it that my heart truly desires?
I think that this is a very valid question.
Our hearts desires are different. Some of us desires to be loved by others, some of desire to be filthy rich and have money oozing out of our ears, some of us desire to have the perfect family, some of us desire to be liked.
However, I think that knowing what is really in our hearts can help us to grow spiritually. If you asked Christians who do they love? …For PR purposes (public relation purposes) we will all yell Jesus. But if you were to look at the fruit of some of our lives it would indeed tell a different story.
It is sorta kinda like driving through the streets of New York city, or downtown DC. The streets are filled with potholes that are covered over with tar and gravel. If you were to ask the city, “why are the streets in such bad conditions?” they would say, “the streets are okay, they are in workable condition.” But when you drive over them you look at your car and you say, “why weren’t this potholes filled, this road is terrible.”
The same can be said about our lives at times. We can walk around looking healed on the inside but if we would be honest we have covered over the holes in our souls with relationships, television, excuses, humor, addictions, overeating, money, pretentiousness, things, conquest but some how we are still unfulfilled.
Why is this? I believe whenever we are using inferior materials (people, relationships, success, conquest, lust, things) we will always come up empty and extremely destructive to ourselves and the passers-by that are around us.
We will always be longing for something that is lasting an absolute.
Truth be told our souls are always longing for something. God has created us that way to always be longing, searching, never satisfied with this world. Why? Because He knows that if we keep searching we will find the answer to that riddle and that answer is
Romans 8:22-23 says, “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
We must understand that our longings must be for God but if we take those longings and misdirect them towards the lust of the world we will always feel empty. God has given us family, spouses, money, relationships, friends but those things come after we have put Him at the top of our priority list. Those things come to us after we have sought first the kingdom of God and the righteousness of Jesus.
The Take Away
Remember that only what we do for Christ will last. Jesus wants to be our number one priority not our number two or three. He doesn’t want to be our go to when we are in a bind. But He wants to be our total fulfilment.
Lord God help us to make you our number one even when we are feeling alone and struggling within ourselves. Keep us God when we are tempted to trust your glory to another or something. Give us the strength and vision to always steer clear of our unfulfilled potholes in Jesus name I pray…amen.
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