38 days ago it was Monday, January 2.
Do you remember how you felt? The dawn of a new year carries such hope. The possibilities seem endless. Inspiration shoots through your veins as you put your goals and resolutions on paper.
It’s February 8 now. 38 days have passed. By now, you’ve faced the unavoidable reality every goal and resolution carries: the cost. No change, in any sphere – physical, social, financial, emotional, or spiritual – comes free. It comes with a price tag. By now, it is likely some of you have experienced sticker shock. You rolled up your sleeves and rallied up some level of determination for progress several weeks ago, but right here, right now is where the proverbial rubber meets the road. I want to encourage you – don’t you dare lose your DESIRE.
Desire is the most critical characteristic we possess when it comes to personal growth, especially as it relates to our spirituality. One of the most incredible things about God is that he promises he won’t show favoritism. The people who experience the most of his presence and the greatest dimension of his power are SIMPLY THOSE WHO WANT IT THE MOST.
Over and over again this truth is reiterated throughout the Scriptures. Perhaps the most compelling section of Scriptures is when Jesus plainly states: “Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened. For everyone asks receives, everyone who seeks finds, and to everyone who knocks the door will be opened.” The question is not whether or not God wants to give you His Spirit. The question is DO WE HAVE THE DESIRE.
Paul told the church in Corinth “Pursue love and EAGERLY DESIRE spiritually gifts.” The question is not whether or not God wants to divinely enable you. The question is DO WE HAVE THE DESIRE.
Don’t you dare lose your desire. The resistance, the hefty price, is worth it. When December 31, 2012 quickly arrives and you’re peering back on your year, you will be so satisfied that you fueled your desire level high enough to outweigh the cost.