DESIRE PLUS TRAINING
“When you said, ‘Seek my face,’ my heart said to you, ‘your face, Lord, I will seek.”—Psalm 27:8
Paul writes, “…exercise yourself toward godliness; discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things; having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”—1 Tim.4:7-8
We must have both; a passionate desire for God AND the training necessary to fulfill that desire.
Since God desires us to seek him and is eager to be found by us, we should respond to his call with great desire. God having said, “Seek my face,” our fervent answer should always be, Yes, that is what I long to do. That is what I will do; “your face, Lord I will seek.”
Passionate desire is necessary. Why? Because Hebrews 11:6 says that God is a “rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” Those who will be “filled” are not the uncaring, nor are they those who happen to get in a religious mood once in a while. They are, as Jesus said, those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Matthew 5:6
We must be moved by a desire for God that stirs deep within us. If we are not so moved, there is every chance that we’ll be chocked with cares, riches and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.” Luke 8:14
Growing in Christ and gaining godly character must be brought on by desire; commitment. It is not a thing we find ourselves doing accidentally or haphazardly. It takes a willingness to be trained. Paul was not wasting words when he urged Timothy to, “exercise himself toward godliness.” 1 Timothy 4:15 Our godly desires will not be fulfilled unless we do more than what comes naturally.
Spiritual progress can only be reached when we deal decisively with anything that threatens our desire or our training. Paul said, “Give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” In other words, “take pains with; be absorbed in them.” —1 Tim. 4:15
With brotherly affection —Andy