Those who know God experience and display a desire….
- To please God (II Corinthians 5:9)
- To know God’s Word (I Peter 2:1-2)
- To be with God’s people (Hebrews 10:25;I Jn 5:1)
- To share the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20)
- To overcome sin (I John 3:9)
It’s possible for true believers to have serious moments of disobedience and unfruitfulness (Rom. 7:19; I Jn. 2:1; II Pet. 1:5-10), but there should be evidence of these five desires in those who know God.
Not hungry or thirsty enough
Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to me will never go hungry and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35 cf. John 4:14).
From these words, we learn that belief in Jesus Christ is not merely an agreement with facts about God. It’s also a matter of appetite, of longing; of hunger and thirst; of finding satisfaction and fulfillment in the One who is the bread of life. In other words, there is a transformation of desire.
Again, belief is not merely thinking correctly about God and Jesus but turning to Him as the source of nourishment for life. And rarely is unbelief solely or mainly a matter of changing one’s mind about facts. It’s a turning of heart away from the Creator and Redeemer to search for satisfaction from something or someone else.
Augustine prayed, “Hearts are restless until they find their rest in You, Lord…” We add that hearts are hungry until they find satisfaction in God and hearts are thirsty until quenched by God.
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