Tim and Jill Way

Adventures of the Way Family

Desire

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. — Matt 6:31-33

Last night I was listening to a Keith Green song, and I wept as I heard him sing these simple words: “Oh Lord, You’re beautiful; your face is all I seek.”  Your face is all I seek!! I am coming face to face with the frightening truth that my desire for Jesus and His Kingdom has some serious competition.  I desire many things.  Comfort.  Entertainment.  Safety.  Friendship.  To be loved and accepted.  Food.  Good coffee.  Privacy.  Respect.

For the pagans run after all these things.”  Why is there such lack of power in our witness?  Why no raging fire in our holiness?  Such meager fruit in our service?  Why such little true intimacy in my relationship with Jesus?

Seek first the Kingdom of God.”   I am convicted that my desire is simply too weak.  Or perhaps too diverted.  I desire many things.  Jesus told Martha that only one thing is needed (Lk 10:42).  One of the things that I love about my friends and brothers in Uganda is that their entire lives tend to revolve so much more simply around Jesus and His mission.  Perhaps it is because there are fewer distractions.  Or perhaps it is because they take His words more seriously.  All I know is this:  I want to know Him.  I want to bear fruit for His glory (Jn 15).  I want to turn my eyes away from the many things that do not matter — the mere shadows — and look more intently on what is real and true.  Jesus.

Oh God, increase my desire for you!


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