Monday, November 16, 2009

Words worth pondering

I want a different obsession, a better obsession. I want Jesus to be the center of my life, the focus of my thoughts, the object of my passion, the definer of my identity, the source of my significance, the supplier of my happiness, my definition of beauty. I want Jesus to satisfy my appetites and longings...

... what are you obsessed with? Is it your weight or appearance? your house? your children? your vacation home? your reputation? your relationship with a certain person? Are you so obsessed with something that happened in the past that you can't move forward? Are you obsessed with collecting what you think you'll need to ensure a comfortable future? Are you simply obsessed with yourself--your own needs and concerns and interests?

... It's not that what we want is bad. It's that we want it too much. Our desire becomes a demand and we find ourselves off track, obsessed with so many lesser things than Jesus himself.

... We must take stock of our ambitions and allegiances and affections to make sure that Jesus is at the center of our lives, in his rightful place. We want to be obsessed with him, not merely affiliated with him or interested in him or associated with him. We want to be united with him, to give ourselves to him, letting go of whatever keeps us from him so we can run toward him.

~Nancy Guthrie, Hoping for Something Better

7 comments:

  1. This reminds me of the Tweet Noel Piper just wrote: "Is Jesus primarily the producer of what I love. Or is HE what I primarily love?"

    Uncomfortable thoughts -- but good ones.

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  2. Boy, I needed that! Sounds like I need the book!

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  3. I'm so glad you're enjoying this study. If you every get a chance to attend her speaking presentation--go, go, go!

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  4. This reminds me of the Tweet Noel Piper just wrote: "Is Jesus primarily the producer of what I love. Or is HE what I primarily love?"

    Uncomfortable thoughts -- but good ones.

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