The Disappearance of Desire!
There’s that thing in your life that is robbing you of your time with God, of your desire for Him, to please Him, to be made like Him, to seek out and receive His scrutiny, judgments and disciplines and prepare yourself for an eternity with Him. There is that thing which you desire… be it sin, or habit, or laziness, or pleasures.
About that thing let me ask you this: What will you do if one day you awake and you find to your astonishment that you no longer desire it! Will you grieve its loss? What will you do now that your days are no longer filled with musings about it, no more trysts with it in darkness, no more thinking on it lustfully for that very desire has now died within you? What will you do with all the treasures you have amassed in your honoring of it? Now these all feel old, dusty, cumbersome…
On Monday I told you of my visit to a friend’s home where game shows flickered in the background. I itemized the prizes over which contestants exulted. Approaching seventy, frail and feeble, I can honestly say that none of these treasures rouse desire in me. I cannot imagine myself in any of the scenarios depicted. It seems that with each passing year the allures of this world steadily fade, just as scripture tells us.
Wise king Solomon advised the young, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them…” (Eccl. 12:1). Pleasure fades, senses diminish, memories cloud, and things themselves rot and decay. Indeed, as John warns us, “Do not love the world or anything in the world… The world and its desires pass away…” (1 John 2:15-17). “…desire shall fail… the dust (your body) [will] return to the earth… the spirit (your soul, your very self) shall return unto God who gave it…” (Eccl. 12:5, 7). As Hebrews affirms, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). All human experience demonstrates this.
Scripture says that Christ now prepares a place for us in heaven. We imagine it to be an ever more marvelous mansion as the centuries pass. But really, a mansion holds no interest for me, even in eternity. I identify more and more is seems with the psalmist who mused “As for me… when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” (Ps. 17:15). To hear Him say to me “Well done,” would be sufficient reward. Would it be for you? My friend, I warn you.. one day that will be the only possible desire you may have left. I urge you to whet your appetite for it now!
You can link to the message “Spiritual Awakening And Showing Gods Mercy” by Carter Conlon” HERE.