Monday, November 15, 2010

Nothing on earth that I desire besides you

Whom have I in heaven but you? and there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. Psalm 73:25

When I was reading this verse, I was struck with the thought that this mind-set or heart attitude is the goal of the Christian's life. That once a person becomes saved, that person is to pursue an attitude of heart that is expressed by these words, "There is nothing on earth that I desire besides you."

On earth is where temptation is, it is where lust, lying, racism, murder, abortion, rape, robbery and all other wickedness is. It is where pride of life is also, love of money, elitism, classism are all part of earth.(or our culture) Our culture tells us repeatedly day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, that life will be better, we can be happier, more joyfull, if we would buy this car, this house, this pair of shoes, there is a list of countless things that make the promise - you can and will be better if you follow what the earth offers you -

We all must admit there has been times when God, our Lord Jesus Christ has been way down on our list, and when he was not even on it. The unsaved must pursue contentment, joy, peace, happiness in the things the earth offers. Yet, they find that their pursuits does not satisfy. Mature Christians realize as Augustine did centuries ago when he said that we were made for God, and we can find no peace until we come to him. We know that true joy, true peace can not come from things. For Christians to try to find joy, life, in the sinladen "things" that our culture offers we become as those whom Jeremiah speaks of when he states: "For my people have committed two evils. They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13

What the earth offers is broken, it has holes in it, when we go after what it offers, we find nothing, when we pursuit that thing, that ungodly relationship, we come to the stark reality that we have nothing, our time, our resources have been wasted, for the things of the earth cant hold peace, joy, happines. Broken cisterns are the things of the earth.

The blessings that God allows into our lives are not meant for us to push Christ aside, and place the blessings in the place of honor intended for Christ only.  Christ is the fountain of living waters, what the earth offers pales in comparison, Our Christian life is having our hearts come to the point, that there is nothing on earth that we desire besides Christ. 

Let us make this a part of prayer life, that God would mercifully allow our hearts to desire Christ above all else, and not to replace him who is living water with things, that in the long run cant even hold water.

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