Quality of Desire

As followers of Christ, we live in a real tension with our desires. We have them, but religion tells us we should not. There is a pressure that desire is selfish and that the holy life should be desire free.

Yet, to deny desire is to deny our creation as image bearers of God. We are meant to be fulfilled the way God intended; the problem is that in our broken state, we lose relationship with our given desires.

Abram was a man of desire. Specifically, he desired to fulfill the promise of God in his life: to be a great nation and have his offspring inherit the land. In Genesis 15, we see that Abram wanted this so bad that he rejected God’s offering of Himself as Abram’s great reward.

“What can you give me, since I’m childless?”

In essence, that question to God is making a statement. God, you are impotent, you can’t make me a nation, I don’t even have one child. Or, God, you’ve hung me out to dry here, thanks for forgetting the promise you made.

Abram’s expectations generated by his desire become his lens. Instead of comfort and security at God’s offer in Genesis 15:1, Abram responds with accusations and entitlement.

The problem, though, is not Abram’s desire. His desire was good.

His desire was given to him by God.

In fact, God does not back away from what Abram desires, taking him outside to look at the stars and telling him is descendants will be more numerous than all he can count.

The problem was that Abram’s desire became his foundation. The desire to become a great nation became his identity.

Rather than being sheltered in the Promisor, Abram clothed his shame in the promise. {Click here to Tweet that.}

This is where we go wrong in our desires.

It is not wrong to desire intimacy in your relationships. That’s part of the image.

It is not wrong to desire physical oneness with your spouse. God gave you that desire.

It is not bad to want to provide comfort and security for your family. That aligns with God our Provider.

It is not wrong to desire play or rest in this beautiful creation. That’s a godly desire.

It is not wrong for you to desire for the hurt and brokenness of your family system to go away.

But it is wrong for those desires to become our foundation.

Seeking completeness in our desires. Trying to use our desires for a sense of wholeness, value, or significance.

Our identity can only be found and sustained in Christ; experiencing Him as our very great reward.

From what desire are you trying to obtain a false sense of significance?

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