“Before we can be filled with the Spirit, the desire to be filled must be all-consuming. It must be for the time the biggest thing in the life, so acute, so intrusive as to crowd out everything else. The degree of fullness in any life accords perfectly with the intensity of true desire. We have as much of God as we actually want.” ~ A.W. Tozer
Desire really is the foundation of our relationship with God and the last line in the quote is so true – “We have as much of God as we actually want.” Here’s how I see it working in my life.
If life revolves around me and everything in life is going relatively OK at the moment, then I am easily satisfied with a rather small amount of God. At least, until my next crisis hits.
But if life revolves around God and others then I can’t help but be aware of all the heartache and struggle and loneliness that is a part of this world. That awareness overwhelms me because I am inadequate to do much about it. That in turn drives me toward God who is big enough to move and work in people’s lives. And as I pray for their needs I find in myself a greater desire for more of God.
Life is God’s grand adventure and He has so much more for us to participate in than what we realize. But He won’t force the issue. He won’t shove it down our throat. He is waiting for us to desire more of Him. And when we do, He will engulf us with His presence in a way that makes everything else in life seem small and insignificant.
I’ll be honest. I need to see life as less about me and more about God. Even after all these years of following Jesus I still spend way to much time and energy focused on me. But by the grace of God I keep plugging away. So let me ask you…
Does life revolve around you or God… and how much of God do you want?