TLR Recap: Desires

We all have desires. They may not be clear to us right now, but we all desire something. Some desire to be businessmen and women. Some desire to be athletes. Others desire just to pass a class.

What do you desire? It could be anything.

But, as you open the pages of Scripture, Jesus causes us to reevaluate our desires and how we are to reach for them.

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”

In other words, Jesus says, “The greatest commandment is to love God with all your being.” Loving God should be the driving force and energy behind our desires.

But, Jesus doesn’t stop there. He continues, “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

That statement is mind-boggling. Think about it. To some capacity you would say you are good at being generous and willing to give to others. But, Jesus doesn’t say, “be generous.” He says to love them as yourself. That’s the hard part.

Years ago Francis Chan shared a story about going with his church on a mission trip to Mexico. As Francis began working with this group of people his church was serving, Francis felt like he should give them his car. So, he gave them the keys and caught a ride back to Southern California.

A little excessive, huh? Not to Jesus. What we consider excessive, he considers expected.

So, as we begin the fall semester would you reevaluate what your desires are? Are your primary desires to love God then love others? Or are your desires to love yourself?

If the latter, would you ask God for the desire to love him and others as we love ourselves?