Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Passion and Desire for God

Pastor Benji Kelley from newHope Church in Chapel Hill, NC shares a great insight about the Lord. He is teaching a “Consumed” series. One of the themes is, “Me Consumed with God.”

He writes:

Did you know our Lord finds our desires often not too strong, but too weak.

CS Lewis, that great scholar from Oxford, said, "We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." (C. S. Lewis, from the sermon "The Weight of Glory")

As for “Me Consumed with God," the Bible says,

“But if I say, ‘I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,’ His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:29)

Now that is passion. That is strong desire for God.

Learn from Jeremiah and one another how to be consumed with God similar to the way in which God is consumed with us.

- Pastor Benji Kelley


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