You might say, “all of that aiming high in the Christian life just isn’t for me. I believe. I’ve received. I do love Jesus, but I think I’ll just stay in the background for a while longer. Seems easier.”
The question is how satisfied are you really? Yes, the world has lovely blessings and pleasures that we can give God glory for. God gives us much! His mercies are new every morning!
But what is our mind really set on? What does our social interactions consist of? Our jobs? Our relationships? Are we experiencing lasting satisfaction knowing that we are walking in His strength? Or maybe we are burned out, tired, searching, wanting, and we find that any little bit of so called satisfaction is fleeting and in a moment we are parched and left dehydrated.
When I eat a well balanced, nutritional meal I feel full but I also feel satisfied and nourished, and it sustains me for a great length of time, but when I eat junk, I might feel really full for a moment, but it doesn’t take long and I’m starving, and I felt as if I had nothing to eat.
Havergal says, “Look into your own heart and you will find a copy of that inscription already traced, ‘shall thirst again.’”
She pushes further in saying this inscription only presses deeper into our hearts when we seek after anything other than Him fully and completely.
Jesus told the woman at the well, when she drank from His well, she would never thirst again. All the spinning around in a hamster wheel of disappointment ceases.
CS Lewis stated, “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.”
Jesus doesn’t disappoint! Give Him everything and see for yourself! There is joy unspeakable that only He can give, but you can’t taste it while you’re still playing around in the mud.
The choice is ours! We can stay playing in our tub of dirt to our oblivious glee or we can open our eyes and see the reality of the mud we are in and to our joy, find that we are standing at a cleansing fountain that will never run dry. He is ready to pour over us at the moment we trust Him with our all!
I’ll say it again, Jesus doesn’t disappoint!
My reflections on “Kept for the Master’s Use” by Frances Havergal