by Dr. Charles Stanley
A Passion to Know God
As Christians, we should have a passion to be centered on knowing God through
His Son Jesus Christ. (John 14:9) What does that kind of ardent desire look like?
First, we will have an eagerness to know the Savior. Jesus described Himself as the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, and the True Vine. He invites us to discover who He is in each aspect of His character. Complacency — resting on what we already know — has no place in the Christian life.
Second, we’ll demonstrate a steadfast commitment to the Lord that influences
our finances, workplace, friendships, and home. Building a close relationship with
God is a lifelong pursuit with no shortcuts.
Third, our highest priority will be knowing Christ (John ) and loving Him (Mark ). When He has first place in your heart, quiet times with the
Lord will be sought after and precious. Our days will be structured around receiving and obeying instruction from Him. Prayer will be as much about listening to Him as about speaking.
Finally, any desire that interferes with or supersedes our fervent longing to know
the Savior will be laid aside. Turning away from ungodliness and worldly pursuits
will appear a small price to pay for the blessings of intimately walking with God.
Over time, as we maintain both a strong desire and a firm commitment to know
God, keep Him in first place, and replace our desires with His, our passion for Him
will grow. Who do you see when you look in your “spiritual” mirror—an ardent
believer or a lukewarm one?
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