Delight Yourself in Community

Tim LanceBlog, Community0 Comments

What do you desperately desire? Have you ever pondered your earthly desires?  I have and they have included money, wife, new house, big house, new truck, old truck, new job, old job, kids, education, friends, positive attitude, etc. Humans are naturally bent towards desire. Our desires range from material things to careers to education to feelings to relationships and more. All of these desires leave us dissatisfied. And if we aren’t careful, our desires can overtake us.

Forbes.com recently cataloged the top 8 things people desperately desire but can’t seem to attain. Those desires include:

  • Happiness
  • Money
  • Freedom
  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Balance
  • Fulfillment
  • Confidence

As I read through the article and reflected on this list, I was reminded of Matthew 6:33. There, Jesus spoke to our humanity and to our desires when He commanded us to, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves because He is our Creator.  He promises to add to us if we seek Him.  God even gives us specific examples of the desires He will fulfill if we seek Him. In Acts 2:42-47, we are told how God provided for the first church.  As they focused on the apostles teaching of Jesus, the fellowship of other believers, eating together and praying together, the church saw the above eight desires satisfied.  The same is true today as we gather in gospel communities for meals, Bible study and prayer.

Here are Forbes’ eight desires satisfied in the early church (and in our gospel communities today) as related in Acts 2:42-47:

  • Wonders and signs were being done through the Apostles (Happiness) – When we see God’s hand at work, we can’t help but be happy and see happiness in others.
  • All possessions and belongings were shared (Money) – Everything was shared including money.
  • God was praised (Freedom) – God has been recognized as the Highest Power and we find freedom in praising Him by living a life obedient to Him.
  • Awe (Peace) – When we see God for who He is in scripture we find peace in Him.
  • Attitudes were joyous (Joy) – Self Explanatory – When you spend time with God and others focused on God, Joy is exhibited.
  • Hearts were generous (Balance) – People are not focused on their selfish desires, but other’s needs.
  • The Lord added to their number day by day (Fulfillment) – We do not rely on our own fulfillment, but God’s fulfillment through His hand.
  • They found favor with ALL people (Confidence) – We have confidence in our Savior and others recognize the difference in the way we carry ourselves and make decisions in our lives.

When we chase after earthly desires, we will never be satisfied.  When we seek the Desire Fulfiller, we are content!

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4

-Tim Lance

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