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Appetite for God

Weekly Devotionals

Appetite for God

Luke 16:13 (ESV)

No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

This is a passage that many of us are very familiar with.  One of the fundamental questions is, “Who owns you, God or money?  Whom do you serve, God or _____?”  You can fill in the blank because ultimately this doesn’t just apply to money.  What Jesus is saying is you can’t serve both God and _______.  And I don’t think Jesus is merely saying, “Pick one.”  In other passages in Scripture we are told to choose between God and Baal or some other idol.  Instead, here Jesus is making an indicative statement of reality.  He’s saying ‘whatever it is you love, whatever it is you want, that’s what you’re going to be devoted to.  And you won’t be devoted to the other one.  Nor will you love and want the other one.’   So if it’s money you want and love, you’ll be devoted to it and not God, nor will you love him, nor will you really want Him.  But if it’s God you want and love, you’ll be devoted to Him and not money, nor will you love money, nor will you crave money (again replace money with whatever idol you struggle with).  The passage is pretty straightforward and obvious, but we easily miss the truth of it because we want both.  There’s an excerpt from Gregory the Great that I found in a book called “The Heart’s Desire” by James Houston:

“the delights of the body, when we do not possess them, awaken in us a great desire for them; but when we possess them and enjoy them to the full they immediately awaken in us a feeling of aversion (or distaste).  [But]…spiritual delights work in the opposite way.  While we do not possess them we regard them with dislike and aversion; but once we partake of them we begin to desire them, and the more we partake of them, the more we hunger for them.”

In other words, initially, relationship w/ God is not that desirable; the world is far more desirable – and we all know this to be true personally.  But after we experience the world in the fullness of what it has to offer, we get tired of it and even grow a distaste for it.  At the end of the day, sin is boring.  But if we forfeit love of the world and replace it w/ love for God, we will crave Him even more and never grow tired of Him.  And this is because the Author of life is able to provide us with the fullness of life, and to do so without end or limit.  Sin and the world fake life, and they lead us to death.  The key is to go all in with God.  Once you do, you begin to experience what Gregory the Great is talking about.  So, as I mentioned 2 Sundays ago, make a decision. Stop looking for greener grass.