It’s not enough for a Christian to feel “desperate for God”. That phrase has become popular in our conversations and worship. It’s a good phrase, but it falls short.
It seems that for many Christians, feeling “desperate for God” has somehow become a stopping point. There is no following through to be dedicated to God.
I am desperate for God. As I write this, I currently feel desperate for God, but what will happen as a result of my felt desperation? Will I rise early and stay up late seeking God? Will I be more careful to avoid time wasting activities in order to see God. Do I really believe that Jesus is all I need? If I believe that, then why do I sometimes fall so short in being dedicated to God?
Jesus addressed seven churches in Revelation, chapters 2 & 3. He gave them the remedies to correct the problems that existed among them.
As we consider what Jesus told them to do, it’s important to consider what He didn’t tell them to do. They were in desperate situations, and Jesus gave them the remedies.
Jesus didn’t tell them to:
1. Buy a new book about how to be desperate for God.
2. Drive somewhere to receive an anointing that only certain people can give you.
3. Seek to be “refreshed” by attending a certain event.
4. Pray that the Spirit would fall upon me in a fresh new way. (to solve my problems)
I am not opposed to new books, receiving prayer, attending events, or praying to be filled with the Spirit.
Consider the exhortations that Jesus gave to these churches:
Revelation 2:5 (NKJV) Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent.
Revelation 2:10 (NKJV) Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Revelation 2:16 (NKJV) Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
Revelation 2:25-26 (NKJV) But hold fast what you have till I come. 26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations–
Revelation 3:3 (NKJV) Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
Revelation 3:11 (NKJV) Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.
Revelation 3:18-20 (NKJV) I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
All the remedies that Jesus gave them required them to seek Him. Jesus didn’t “fix” them. He told the to “stop doing the bad stuff, quit neglecting the good stuff, and re-dedicate yourself to doing what is important”.
It’s a healthy thing to realize your deep need for God. Jesus said, “Without Me, you can do nothing”. (John 15:5) Most Christians agree to that statement, but we fall short in living like we believe it.
Revelation 2:17 (NKJV) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ‘
May I encourage you…being desperate for God isn’t enough. It’s just the starting point. Decide to turn your desperation into dedication, and Jesus will meet you in ways you’ve never known.