Longing Can Motivate Us for Good
Longing is ‘earnestly desiring, craving or uncommon appetite’ which can motivate us to use the opportunities before us and accomplish great things.
Our love for Christ can propel us to reach past our ‘comfort zone’ to build hospitals and orphanages; feed the homeless; find shelter for wounded veterans; aid women caught in human trafficking; gather food for our local food bank or animal shelter; be kind to our neighbor; tutor a struggling student; create architectural wonders, compositions, paintings or gardens; to visit a nursing facility.
Our love for Christ can manifest itself in simple acts of kindness or complex organizational processes. Our longing to know Christ and to make Him known to others is what compels us to serve. We only have one Lover, and one Master.
“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand devotedly by the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon [that is, your earthly possessions or anything else you trust in and rely on instead of God].” ~Luke 16:13 AMP
“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in You.” ~Augustine of Hippo [GR]
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ~Gandhi [BQ]
“My longing for truth was a single prayer.” ~Edith Stein (She died in Auschwitz in 1942) [BQ]
“Our longing for immortality is good! It was put there on purpose. We were meant – from the moment of our creation – to live forever.” ~Eric Metaxas [BQ]
“And so, I tell you, restless one, that no matter what happens, when things get dark, look to the light and keep moving forward in faith.” ~Seth Adam Smith [GR]
Natural Longing Can Lead Us Astray
Unfortunately, our natural longings can lead us astray and cause us to waste our lives by enslaving us to negative and destructive desires, cravings and appetites. Peter states, “For by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.”1
Emotional ramblings – “The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd – The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.” Fernando Pessoa (Portuguese Writer) [GR]
Governmental derailing – “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” ~Thomas Jefferson [BQ]
Physical wanderings – are easily summarized in Galatians 5: carousing, disputes, dissensions, drunkenness, envying, factions/discords, hatred/enmities, idolatry, immorality, impurity, jealousy, outbursts of anger, sensuality, sorcery, and strife. These fleshly cravings are acted on without regards to God’s love or His pure, moral standards.
“One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain.” ~Rick Godwin
Religious sauntering – when we attempt to accomplish things in our own strength, try to ‘earn’ God’s love or endeavor to ‘work’ our way to heaven. This is fleshly and leads to death.
Longing for Christ
We long to know Christ. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. Jesus is our Redeemer and Deliver. Christ is our salvation.
Knowing Christ is Savior is our first step in knowing Christ. As we walk with Christ as our Lord, the Light of the World who illuminates our path, the great I Am, and the Author of our Faith; we grow in His likeness.
The Holy Spirit lives within us. He teaches, comforts, and counsels us. “The Holy Spirit produces one kind of fruit, that is, Christlikeness.” [MacDonald 1924]
“How does a person gain Christ? How does a person come to true salvation? It is through the same path that Paul walked. We must first come to the conclusion that there are no works that we can do in order to merit Christ – to merit salvation.
Jesus said that anyone who enters the kingdom of heaven must become like a little child – this simply means ‘dependence.’
This must be true for us as well, if we are going to continually grow in our relationship with Christ. Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.’ It is the pure in heart – the single in mind – who see God, who experience Him daily.” [Brown]
As we grow in Christ, we long to be more like Him, and through His Word He transforms us into his likeness. The Holy Spirit produces good fruit through us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.2
Christ fulfills our every spiritual longing, and the Holy Spirit’s fruit in us and through us help those around us to know the expression of His love.
Possibility is Now for You and Me https://strengthwithdignity.com/possibility-is-now-for-you-and-me/
Determined to Know Christ https://strengthwithdignity.com/determined-to-know-christ/
1 2 Peter 2:19b NASB
2 Galatians 5
Amplified Bible, Classis Edition (AMPC) Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Brainy Quote. [BQ] Retrieved January 31, 2022, from https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/longing-quotes
Brown, Gregory. How to Gain Christ? Retrieved January 31, 2022, from https://bible.org/seriespage/12-how-gain-christ
Good Reads Quotes. [GR] Retrieved January 31, 2022, from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/longing and https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/wandering-soul
MacDonald, William. The Believer’s Bible Commentary. Thomas Nelson, 2016, page 1924.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Websters Dictionary 1828 – Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Longing
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