Friday, February 12, 2010

Spiritually stunted we marry His money.

When it comes to knowing God
we are a culture of the spiritually stunted.

So much of our religion is packaged to address our felt needs-- 
and those are almost uniformly anchored
in our pursuit
of our own
happiness and fulfillment.
God simply becomes
the Great Being who, 
   potentially at least, 
meets our needs and fulfills our aspirations. 

We think rather little of 
what he is like, 
what he expects of us, 
what he seeks in us. 

We are not captured by his holiness and his love.

His thoughts and words capture 
too little of our imagination,
too little of our discourse,
too few of our priorities.

In the biblical view...
  a deeper knowledge of God brings with it
    massive improvement in the other areas mentioned: 
evangelistic effectiveness 
better study of Scripture 
improved private and corporate worship... 

But if we seek these without passionately desiring a deeper knowledge of God
We are 
selfishly running after God's blessings without running after him. 
We are
even worse than the man who wants his wife's services... 
without ever making the effort really to know and love his wife. 
We are 
worse than such a man, I say, because...
He is perfect in His love 
He has made us for Himself. 

Priorities from Paul and His Prayers (D.A. Carson)

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