The Desires of a Christian
My inspiration for writing this comes from the changing power that only happens through Jesus. Once we believe the Gospel, that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, God changes our desires from the flesh to the spirit. The things that I will be listing are just a few of the desires in which a born-again Christian has.
1. The Complete Focus on Finding God’s Will and Doing it
There are two ways we can look at God’s will. We can look at it as God’s will for us as individuals or as what God commands all His children to do. Some ways we can look at God’s will for as individuals could be when the Holy Spirit leads us to go on a mission trip to share the Gospel, or speak to someone about what God has laid on our hearts.
An example of God’s will that He commands all of us to do is share the Gospel as this is His will for us to do (Matthew 28:18-20). God speaks and reveals Himself through Scripture and everyday events, as everything works for His will. Whatever way God speaks to His people, it is the desire of the Christian to obey and to be in constant pursuit of His will.
2. Determined to do Everything for the Glory of God(1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1)
We, as Christians, must have an utmost desire to bring glory to God. Paul, in
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 says this: “...whether we eat or drink, or WHATEVER we do, do it ALL for the GLORY of GOD.” So, what does it mean to glorify God? To glorify God is to make Him known to all people, that they may see how much of a good and just God He is. Our testimony brings glory to God and shows just how God has changed our lives. This should be our desire, that we may glorify God with everything we do, even those things we choose to do when no one but God is watching - that we may be pleasing to the Lord in our actions, speech, and whatever it may be.
3. The Constant Repentance and Resisting of Sin (Galatians 5:16-26 and Romans 3:23)
We must be aware of sin in our lives. As Christians, we should desire not the things of the flesh, but the things of the spirit. The spirit and flesh are at constant war for our souls. In Galatians 5:6-26, Paul gives a long list of the desires of the flesh, but He also lists the fruits of the spirit. We must desire to repent and resist these fleshly desires. We are new creations
(2 Corinthians 5:17) through Jesus, and He’s the only way we will be able to be free from the flesh. Now as Christians, we still fall short and sin (Romans 3:23), but we can get back up because of the redeeming blood of Jesus.
On a personal note, I struggle with pride. I remind myself what John the Baptist said in John 3:30, “HE (Jesus) must increase, but I must DECREASE.” I have made this my goal, so that I may wholeheartedly glorify God in all I do. I will ask both you and me this, do our lives reflect the desires Christians must have? Do we constantly strive to do God’s will, to bring God Glory, and repent of our sin when we notice it? With this being said, Stay Safe and God Bless!