NIV Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
Desire. In the context of our faith it is either the source of evil or the path of greatest good. It all depends upon the object attached to it. We have been created with desire. In fact, desire is an element of true love. Desire is what helps keep us alive. It is the motivator behind our basic needs. If I am cold, I desire (want) to be warm. If I am hungry or thirsty, I desire (want) to be satisfied.
Concerning our spiritual lives (which concerns all of our life since we are spiritual beings) desire that comes from truth of love is always a powerful, positive force. Our maturing in our faith requires that we desire to develop the fruits of the Spirit, desire an deeper understanding of God’s revelation, and desire a closer walk with God, Without these desires our lives are open to deception and delusion.
Perhaps the most painful experience I have as a pastor is encountering people in the church who do not have these desires nor want them. Church to them seems either to be a necessary social bore to be endured or an opportunity to act out on other desires that are more under the control of our fallen nature than the Spirit. They have no idea how they are setting themselves up for regret and shame. They have not grasp the truth that we will serve either the desire of God or the desire delusion. We will have a master,
James state the reality we face in James 1:14-15: but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (NIV)
Psalm 40:8 gives us the cure: I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (NIV)
Lent is a time of reflection, of remembering we are mortal, remembering we are in a struggle. We enter the 40 days seeking to be Lead by the Spirit through the wilderness of human life hoping to be sustained by our Lord and the promise God has given. We will face temptation and trials. If our desire is for our Lord we shall come out stronger and filled with the delight of what Easter brings.
NIV Romans 8:15-16 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. May our desires accurately reflect this truth!