Desire Is Not a Dirty Word

By Pastor Brian

What do we desire for our life?  What do we want?  What do we crave on the surface? What do we long for deep down in our bones? Comfort? Success? Significance? Safety? Freedom? Fulfillment? I love how Jesus asks Simon Peter’s brother Andrew, “What are you seeking?” (John 1:38). Ultimately, we will align our lives with our deepest mission.  There may be secondary pursuits. Our journeys may have multiple stages or components. But our life’s mission will override our active pursuit – Every. Single. Time.

What if we discover our deepest desire is not a worthy quest?  What if what really motivates us to succeed is actually rooted in vengeance – cries of “I’ll show them!” permeating from our every decision? Our refusal to acknowledge what we are truly seeking will perpetually frustrate us, while honesty with ourselves will liberate us.

Jesus gives us good news. In fact, He gives us a better mission.  In Galatians 5:17 we read For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”  When we encounter Jesus, we find we are open to a new mission with new objectives and new purpose.  Jesus transforms revenge into redemption, comfort into contentment, and power into the pursuit for God’s presence.  Jesus gives us a new mission by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul shares the dividends of our new pursuit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”.

When we read about the fruit of the Spirit, when we recite the Lord’s Prayer, when we sing our favorite worship song, we are not trying to suppress our self-chosen calling, but to redeem it.  We are exchanging one mission for another.  The secret is to recall our new mission, to paint a picture of it in our hearts, as the Holy Spirit renews us and changes our desires.

So what is the better calling that God has for you?  How will Jesus renew your mission? How will the Holy Spirit transform your deepest desires?

 

Pastor Brian