Are Christians really settling for less? Is the life of one who trusts in Jesus one who is limp-wristed, undriven, easily manipulated, and..well…dumb? C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory (which I have not read, yet), shared this great insight:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. 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.”
I love that quote. It stands in the face of what our world’s great lie. Our toys and trinkets are a few years away from landing in a landfill. There’s more to be had, yet for some reason, I tend to think following Jesus means losing, and I forget all the getting. Desires are great when they’re channeled towards what is good and right. More accurately, the One who is Good and Right.
How easily my affections are stirred towards what is broken.
Have you read Ecclesiastes lately? “Everything is meaningless”, from the lips of the wisest man on earth, the man who threw parties that we can’t even imagine, the man who seemingly spared himself from no pleasure he desired – found in the end that it wasn’t enough. Foolishly we think our laughable attempt will produce a different outcome.
God save us from our foolishness.
Chris Tiegreen’s “Walk With God” says:
“The good thing about Ecclesiastes is that it sends us in search of a Savior. In its cold, hard assessment of who we are, it drives us toward the only One who can remedy our situation… No human being can live up to the expectations we have. No one is righteous enough.”
So even people let us down. “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” Chris writes: “every human being has the potential, even the probability, of letting us down”.
Desires. I’ve get them, you’ve got them. Expectations seem to be what drives our world.
Great expectations. One great, sure hope. Jesus.
Strong desire. Nothing less will do.