We recently watched a totally rad film called “Father of Lights.”
There’s a quote in the film that has me thinking. Banning Liebscher, Director of Jesus Culture, said, “In America, there’s a generation that is experiencing more options than any generation in all of history.”
There have never been so many ways to spend our time, money, and attention. Could it be that our choices reveal our hearts? Could it be that our choices reveal our hunger?
This reminds me of the words of Jesus, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:14).
Here are six people who were hungry for God. They desired him and wouldn’t let go. They followed their appetites, which led them to God’s banqueting table.
What can we learn from them?
In Exodus 33:14-16, Moses told God he didn’t want to go anywhere without God’s presence. The reason?
What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?
Rather than anything else, Moses wanted the mark on him and his people to be God’s presence. Instead of fitting in, Moses wanted to stand out. The difference would be God.
Is God the differentiating mark on you?
In Psalm 27:4, David wrote of his one thing.
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
David was good at many things—shepherd, warrior, poet, king. But above all, there was just one thing he wanted, just one thing to seek. David wanted the LORD.
If you’re honest with your heart, what is your one thing?
3. Sons of Korah
In Psalm 84:1-4, the Sons of Korah expressed their utter desperation for God.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD, my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
The sons of Korah were completely wrecked for God; they were totaled. They named their yearning and it was God.
Is God your yearning?
Luke 2:37 says the widow Anna filled her days and nights in God’s presence.
She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying.
For Anna, there was nothing better to do than fellowship with God. Her life was a continuous conversation, she lived face-to-face with God.
Do you fellowship moment-by-moment with God?
5. Mary of Bethany
When Jesus came to Bethany, he visited the home of Mary and Martha. Although hospitality was very important, she sat at Jesus’ feet and listened. Martha got upset, but Jesus said,
Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.
For Mary, being with Jesus was more important than doing something for him. Intimacy with Jesus would yield service, but service would not necessarily yield intimacy.
What are you pursuing first—intimacy or service?
In 1 Corinthians 2:2, Paul wrote about his single focus.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Paul didn’t know when he’d return to the Corinthians, so he focused on one thing while he was with them—knowing Christ. His fortitude was so strong he said he resolved to know nothing else.
Have you resolved to know nothing but Christ?
God doesn’t take our hearts, they’re ours to offer back to him. He does, however, promise to fill us if we ask him to.
God, make us hungry for you. Give us the distinction of Moses to stand out by your presence. Grant us the single purpose of David to seek your face. Give us the desperation of the Sons of Korah to yearn for you. Grant us the intimacy of Anna to fellowship with you moment-by-moment. Give us the wisdom of Mary to eat from you first. And give us the resolution of Paul to know nothing but Christ.
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