Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
It is more and more rare to see passionate lovers of God. It is almost as if a film has coated the hearts of people in this ‘have it now’ culture we are living in. Short services, info-sermons with no heart, perfect music with no fire; no wonder our Christians are listless. The Lord is after our hearts. It is not technicians He seeks, it is lovers. Today’s verse says it best, ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ He is still seeking worshipers. It is in worship that our hearts are finally satisfied. Augustine spoke about a spiritual drunkenness found in the presence of the Lord. 1600 hundred years have passed since Augustine, man’s hunger and need is still the same. Here is how Augustine says it.
“The soul of men shall hope under the shadow of Thy wings; they shall be made drunk with the fullness of Thy house; and of the torrents of Thy pleasures Thou wilt give them to drink; for in Thee is the Fountain of Life, and in Thy Light shall we see the light? Give me a man in love: he knows what I mean. Give me one who yearns; give me one who is hungry; give me one far away in this desert, who is thirsty and sighs for the spring of the Eternal country. Give me that sort of man: he knows what I mean. But if I speak to a cold man, he just does not know what I am talking about. . . .”
John Piper describes the relevancy of Augustine’s words in today’s world.
“These words from Augustine should make our hearts burn with renewed longing for God. And they should help us see why it is so difficult to display the glory of the Gospel to so many people. The reason is that so many do not long for anything very much. They are just coasting. They are not passionate about any-thing. They are “cold” not just toward the glory of Christ in the Gospel, but toward everything. Even their sins are picked at rather than swallowed with passion”
So, what does it for you? What do you feel strongly about or are you wandering around with the apathetic throngs? What is the solution? The only solution is pursuing pleasure with all your heart found by drinking of the fullness of the Father’s house.