Your heart’s desire
How would you describe your Christian life? As a striving for moral conformity or as a life desperate for God.
Yes, you need to obey His command, after all, Jesus said that “If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15 (NIV)
But you want more than that. You want my heart to be in sync with His. You want His passions to be your passions. You want His thoughts to be your thoughts.
You want to walk as Jesus did and be able to echo His words:
John 5:19 (NIV) …the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
John 8:28 (NIV) …I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
Don’t settle for anything less
Don’t settle for a list of do’s and don’ts. You don’t need simply more knowledge of Him but a true love and chasing after all that He is. Don’t be content with the label or the appearance of devotion, love God with all your heart soul and mind.
Your soul wants to be moved and empowered by the HolySpirit and not some courage, emotional high, or some inner feeling of “I got this”. You want your ears to be attuned to hear God speak truth and promise into your heart.
Proverbs 8:17 ESV
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
Pick a side
But it’s going to require a lot from me and you to get this. We can’t give a halfhearted effort and expect to get there. We will have to choose a side – because you can’t serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).
Wisdom says that it’s diligence that will get you there. This implies that it’s a continual striving after Him. Think of it as a work of love.
Be diligent and don’t settle for anything less than all of Him. Let your soul, “follow hard after God…Psalm 63:8 (KJV)”.
So today, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV))