What comes to mind when you see the word Lust?
I’m not going to talk about the typical sexual desire aspect of lust. But I do want to talk about what happens when we lust for things other than knowing God’s heart.
We live in an amazing time. We have state of the art technology at our fingertips. We can communicate with people around the globe instantly via text, email, video chat and cell phone. And despite all this technology we are still a people who find it difficult to connect with God.
We have so much technology available to us, yet we don’t know how or where to begin in establishing and maintaining an intimate relationship with God.
We pursue power, prestige, accolades and achievements. We lust after things and desperately try to create a spiritual reputation to let others know who we are and what we are about.
Unfortunately in all these pursuits we wander from God’s heart. We look for satisfaction in things rather than in His Holiness, His love, mercy and forgiveness. In our instant gratification society, we want it now.
Online banking, online shopping even online dating, all intended to be helpful tools to enrich our lives and serve us well have set us up for failure. We want everything in life to come at the click of a mouse.
Now, I am guilty of this too. I have all the tools available to me that would allow me to grow in my knowledge and understanding of God and His word. I try to use technology to help me in my spiritual journey and yet what I am finding is that in a world of sound bites, online devotionals and online sermons I have sold out.
I want things to be easy. I want things to be comfortable. I don’t want to have to work hard. I want to click the mouse and have spiritual growth delivered to my inbox. I want to type the right Google search and arrive at God’s plan for my life in a downloadable PDF.
So what am I saying, that all this technology is bad? No. Just that anything worth having is worth working for.
If knowing God is what we want (what I want), then I need to be willing to invest the time in building and maintaining the relationship. In our online culture where we can have what we want instantly, we run the risk of prostituting our souls. We get what we want to make us feel good in the moment only to find ourselves bankrupt and destitute a short time later.
So, I’m going Old School. I will read my Bible – the one that has paper pages that I turn rather than the online Bible in 52 translations on my ipad. I will unplug when I spend time with God. I will not use online tools to “enhance” my knowledge or relationship with God. I will simply be available to Him. I will pray & listen. I want to have a strong desire to know God and be known by Him. Let me know how you spend time with the Lord and what helps you to focus your heart and mind on God.
Grace & Peace ~
Psalm 51:9-11 (New International Version, ©2010)
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.