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“What’s Your Greatest Desire?”

As a child, do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?  How did that work out for you?  For some, perhaps very well.  For me?  Well, I never made it to the major leagues, but I did get to play a ton of baseball, then softball and lots of basketball.  Anyway – desire.  Do you find it interesting that as you grow and mature your focus seems to change as the seasons of your life change? This is especially true once becoming a Christian.  It’s my guess (and hope) is that many of you reading this today have made some drastic changes since Christ came into your life.  There was probably a time when you had no interest in the Lord, His Church or spiritual things at all.  Look at how far you’ve come since that time!  And – just maybe, someone is reading this (who knows why) and you aren’t a Christian.  Maybe at the very least, you are seeking or trying to find out why others have such an interest in God.  If that’s the case, welcome.  Again may I say, “Look how far you’ve come!”

 

As a believer, or one seeking spiritual truths, what would you like to see in yourself and others?  One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize there is a great shortage of spiritual leadership in our country.  So, rather than asking what do you want to be, perhaps a more appropriate question would be, “What kind of Christian do you want to be?”  The Apostle Paul is a wonderful model of what Christlikeness looks like.  The change that took place in Paul’s life provides hope for everyone.  The Lord gave him a compelling desire to share God’s love and grace with others.  As you read the following paragraph and scripture verses, may God challenge each individual to be as motivated to touch the lives of others as Paul was. 

 

Paul’s greatest desire is for all people, whether they be Jew or Gentile, to be strengthened according to God’s glory and for Christ to dwell within their hearts.  This Apostle had an insurmountable joy in living for Christ and seeing others come to know the Lord and develop a personal relationship with Him.  Note his words, “For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of His glorious riches he strengthens you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:14-19).  If we had this desire, what would our life be like and what influence would we have on others?  What God gave Paul is available for those who seek the fulness of His Spirit.

 

Pastor Carnes