To live is Christ. To live is to worship. To live is to desire. Therefore to live is to align my desires with Christ’s.
As we have seen from Genesis, man is a living soul. Man is desire. First and foremost this is what makes us human. This is image bearing – to desire and to desire God. What this means is that one of the most important questions that we must be asking every single day is “what do I desire?” Or in discipleship, “what do you desire?”
We have been told we are primarily thinking creations. “I think therefore I am.”
But what if Rene Descartes was wrong? What if our thinking is influenced by something even deeper? Just think about all the times you have known something but acted differently (maybe like Paul’s self description in Romans 7). This is not to say that we need less knowledge. We need more. But we need to understand that love must precede knowledge if there is actually going to be life change.
Philippians 1:9-11. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Note Paul’s progression here. Love must abound first, before knowledge. Knowledge without love is actually dangerous. And knowledge alone can’t change anyone’s heart. But love can. Love is poured into us by God himself. It comes to us in the indwelling life of Christ. It is from this Spirit induced love that we then seek knowledge- knowledge that won’t be used to destroy but to build up. Knowledge used to increase and display the love that is inside of us.
We live to love. We live to worship. We are all seeking something. Something to worship. And we are seeking it all the time.
The question of life is not “do you long for something?” It is “what do you long for?” Jesus Christ and his gospel gives us an ultimate reality to long for. Ultimate love. Ultimate grace. Ultimate healing. Ultimate purpose. Ultimate glory. Ultimate life. To live is to worship, and worship (desire directed love) is what will keep us running towards Christ’s life.
- I am indebted to James K. A. Smith’s book You Are What You Love for many of today’s thoughts.