A Lovely Longing

Grace For The Journey

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26July

What do you long for?

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  • A better job?
  • A nicer home?
  • A happier marriage?
  • Godlier children?
  • A longer vacation?
  • A plusher retirement?

 

If what we are longing for is not Jesus, then we have substituted a lesser love in our lives, and it is a love that will never truly satisfy.

If Jesus is at the center of our lives, we will live with a sense of deep longing to live each day to please and glorify Him, as well as looking forward to the day when we will see Him face to face; when we will be in His presence forever.  Lesser loves will not have the power to possess our minds, capture our hearts, and direct our wills when we love Jesus more than anything else in life.  When driven and directed by a lovely longing for our Lord, we are able to keep things in their proper perspective.  We understand that there is room for only One on the throne of our lives – and His name is Jesus Christ. When He occupies His rightful place in our hearts, our lives point to Him and everything we desire, think, do, and say becomes a hymn sung to His glory.

When we long for Jesus more than anything else, all that we have is viewed in light of His eternity glory.  We see beyond all that we have been given to the One who has given it all for His purpose and glory – not ours.  Now, instead of viewing every good gift as a means to “earthly happiness,” we are captured by His “eternal vision.”  We expand the borders of our lives beyond the borders of our lives.  We hold loosely to . . .

  • Our plans
  • Our dreams
  • Our goals
  • Our schedules
  • Our agendas
  • Our wants
  • Our preferences
  • We hold loosely even to our lives

As we hold tightly to Jesus.

We see our story in the context of His story, and we acknowledge Jesus as the Author and Finisher of our story.  We dare not take the pen to write any portion of our story, because any segment we write will be stained by our sinful desires (see Jeremiah 17:9-10).  Instead, we are always looking for ways to connect what we are doing with what Jesus is doing – right here and right now, both personally and professionally.

We were not born and reborn to live simply for ourselves.  We were created and given new life that we might live our lives for Jesus, and this is the only way that life will have eternal value . . .

When we live by Him, in Him, and for Him.

We live in the present moment, but we long for that future moment when we will pass from this world into the next, where every moment will be filled with the presence of our Savior and Lord.  As Paul wrote to the Corinthians:

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.  Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:8-9)

So . . . are you living with a lovely longing for the Lord Jesus Christ?

If yes, praise Him and yield to Him moment by moment.

If no, prayerfully consider what changes you need to make

. . . Because when you make them, it will make all the difference in the world for you.  Robert Murray M’Cheyne provides great counsel for all of us who long to long more for Jesus:

“For one look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ.”

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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