I’m pretty sure you don’t want to settle for anything less than the best.
So why do we settle for less?
Is it because we’ve somehow convinced ourselves the best really isn’t the best?
An attitude that says, “I know what’s best … nobody else knows what’s best for me.”
I think this is what has happened.
So then, how do you and I exchange what isn’t the best for the best?
The action is known.
It isn’t a mystery.
The best is available when we decide it’s what we truly desire.
The best is waiting.
(On hold. Red light blinking.)
Obviously, we must actively avoid what is less than the best.
This should be our desire.
Because anything less than the best is idolatry.
Let me show you why.
Select a desire.
For argument sake lets say you have a desire for a filling and satisfying meal. What would that look like?
- Fried chicken,
- A garden fresh tossed salad,
- Chocolate cake?
- Bread and water?
Or forget food, let’s say I have a desire for money.
- To acquire money I search for ways to invest and compound what I have.
- This may not be money to begin with,
- it may be know-how,
- some sort of ability that I excel at.
That doesn’t mean that others don’t excel at this ability, it just means that you excel at this ability.
With your ability, you accumulate what you desire: money.
Or forget money, say you have a desire for companionship because you’re tired of feeling lonely.
What you truly desire is intimacy—physical intimacy.
The usual way to receive physical intimacy is through a relationship.
So you seek an intimate relationship.
- You practice intimacy with a passion.
- You put your whole heart into your desire.
Food, money, a relationship or something else named as ‘my desire.’
But usually, sooner or later the desire practiced doesn’t stoke the fire of my desire.
Consequently, I’m left unsatisfied, empty, longing for
- something else,
- something more,
- something better.
This is my desire.
I’m searching for the best.
Perhaps the best hasn’t been realized because I’ve (you’ve, we’ve) aimed too low.
So how do I (you, we) aim higher?
We already know.
Again, this isn’t a secret or a mystery.
If I’m honest, I have fooled myself into desiring what isn’t really the best for me and I’ve suffered (am suffering) because of it.
I have pursued, gone after, something that is less than what will truly gratify my desire. So what is it that I really desire?
- It isn’t food.
- It isn’t money.
- It isn’t physical intimacy.
These desires are temporarily satisfying, but I’m left with a deeper desire.
Jesus is what is known to be the longing satisfaction of desire.
But Jesus is ignored.
“Jesus can’t be the best, can he?”
We know Jesus was sent to give us the best.
Jesus is the most fulfilling desire.
There is no satisfying desire like the satisfying Jesus provides.
Don’t be afraid to desire the best for yourself.