Lately the word “want” has been filling up my life lately. I do have two little kiddos who clamor for new things all the time. Thankfully (and what a lesson for me!) they accept the answer “no” often much better than I do. But, I am no different than them. I was looking at a friend’s pictures today and their trip to the beach and the word “want” was just screaming through my head.
“I want that too!”
Then the words from Paul from Philippians 3:10 came screaming right back:
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
And my next thought was, do I really want to know Christ as much as I want a trip to the beach?
Do I want to know Christ as much as I want a new pair of shoes?
Do I want to know Him as much as I want ____?
I don’t. I don’t live my life longing for Jesus. I live my life longing for me.
Dear Jesus, in this Lenten season, as you continue to strip away at these selfish and sinful things, I take JOY and peace in the knowledge of your resurrection. The destruction of my sin can only lead to Your glory.