Pure Lust

Pure lust.

It sounds like an oxymoron, but it is not. At least not in this case.

The word, lust, has been backed into a corner and given meaning that is only a narrow slice of its real definition. It has been typecast as a raunchy, vulgar word reflecting the baseness of humanity’s craving for sexual pleasure. But in reality, it can reflect the polar opposite: i.e., the overwhelming desire for the presence and life of God in our hearts.

Christians ought to understand the full spectrum of its meaning: the purest, the raunchiest, and all that is in between, because when we think of the word with regard to the world and man’s misguided dependence on it as having the capacity to make life worth living, we may begin to see how misplaced our lusts are.

John said, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16) In that statement, he revealed the stark choice mankind faces.

Will we lust for the things of God or will we lust for the things of the world? Will we give ourselves to the true riches of God, which last forever, or will we give ourselves to the temporal riches of the world, which never truly satisfy?

We might say, “Oh, I have given myself to God,” without taking into account our seemingly insignificant life-quests for higher social position, greater wealth, the addiction to entertainment, the lust for sights and experiences to fill voids, the hunger for exotic and palate-pleasing foods, the extravagant plans for leisure and self indulgence, on and on.

So, if we could place a percentage on the time and attention we give to every portion of our lives, knowing that the dichotomy is either for God or the world, with nothing in between, what would be the percentage dedicated to God and His pleasures and purposes versus the percentage dedicated to the world and its pleasures and purposes?

Do we understand that God purchased one hundred percent of each true believer in order to take us out of the world into the kingdom of God, and that He has a right to the entirety of our lives, unless we have not agreed to that bargain? Do we understand that even a little flirtation with the world is unfaithfulness to Him?

The Spirit of God directs us: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)

We can only give God what He rightly deserves and owns if we lust after His life and presence so fully that there is no room for the lusts of this world.

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