February 7, 2008

What do you want?

Posted in Commentary, The Basics, Working through Life at 7:57 pm by Matt Porter

WaitingSnowIn the morning, when I rise,
In the morning, when I rise,
In the morning, when I rise,
Give me                         .

How do we finish the song? What is it that we desire above all else? To what do we assign the highest value? Looking at our lives, what would someone else say we want?

Give me a decent job.

Give me cable TV.

Give me just enough of the latest fads to satisfy me.

Give me a comfortable living.

Give me a happy home.

Give me good kids.

Materialism, the curse of our culture. But as good Christians, we would never get bogged down in that, eh?

When I am alone,
When I am alone,
When I am alone,
Give me                         .

What do we want? We know enough to set our affections on things above and to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven:

Give me perfect attendance at church.

Give me more kids in my Sunday School class.

Give me correct theology.

Give me lots of converts.

Give me good Christian friends.

Give me something from the sermon today.

Better than materialism any day, no doubt. But I can’t help thinking there’s something missing.

When I come to die,
When I come to die,
When I come to die,
Give me Jesus.

None of the rest of it matters without Jesus. Our goal as Christians cannot be home, or family, or church, or converts, or theology, or anything but Christ. Jesus is the sum total of God’s plan for us. He is our salvation. He is our hope. He is our life. Give me + anything but Him will leave us frustrated and empty.

In the morning when we rise, we tend to set our affections on things on the earth. When we are alone, we might start to see the importance of spiritual things. May we see the all-encompassing need for Jesus before we come to die.

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.

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