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Thursday
Jun232016

Renewing A Passion for God. 

How much do you long to be in God's presence? How much joy do  you derive from your relationship with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? 

Maybe we have emphasized “truth” and “obedience” without remembering “heart” and “joy” of being a child of God. Let us never forget from where we came. Ephesians 2:1-12, teaches we were helpless, hopeless, and without God in the world. Romans 6:23 tells us that unforgiven sinners are lost and bound for a terrible eternity in a place designed for God’s archenemy (Matthew 25:41). But the picture for those in Christ is one of hope, freedom, joy, peace that passes understanding (Ephesians 4:4; John 8:36; Romans 14:17; Galatians 5:22). 

Our “new life” (2 Corinthians 5:17) in Christ should lead us to joyous service that glorifies God. We’ve put of the old lust for worldly and sinful things and started craving a true relationship with God. The outlook of life for those born anew is thrilling and delightful. 

One of my favorite authors is Henry David Thoreau. To say the least he could summarize enormous ideas with an economy of verbiage.  He stated, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” The Bible reminds us that life without God has no purpose. We will never find true joy when we miss the real purpose for living in this world...

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalms 37:4 ESV)

We are made for God’s glory (Isaiah 43:7). So are we joyous, peaceful and satisfied because of our purposeful living to honor and glorify God? 

It seems too many Christians spend week after week pursuing a list of rules, checking off their duty list with “quiet desperation.” Maybe their bodies are going through all the proper motions but it brings no delight to their lives or faces.

I am reminded of the rich man who kept all the commands of God from his childhood up. Yet he left Jesus sad when asked to “care” for the poor.

Our joy and delight in serving God will shine through in our attitude, the fervor in which we serve, sing and worship. I won’t be doing my duty out of compulsion. Instead I’ll server from a heart of gratitude. I’ll want to be in God’s presence because of the relationship I develop with Him. 

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalms 27:4 ESV)

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalms 63:1 ESV)

These two passages (and many others) are polar opposite to obedience without love and devotion. They indict those who serve and worship only because they “have to.” 

Perhaps it is time to seriously consider our spiritual ardor and what it is saying about not only my relationship with God but my salvation too. 

Joseph Chase

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Mike Vestal a tremendous student and teacher of God's Word produced a 12 lesson study on Renewing Our Passion for God. I don't believe it is available commercially (I wish it was). I've benefitted tremendously from those lessons. 

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