The Way We Want
If left entirely up to your legs, back, feet, and side, there would never be a jog that lasted long enough to do you any good. Your brain can envision leaner muscles, better conditioning, greater endurance, and that deep, rich feeling of accomplishment, but your individual body parts don’t care one bit about that. They just want out. They want this over. They want a long squirt of water and a place to sit down.
We have wants like these all the time. We want to eat too much. We want to ogle women. We want to ignore responsibility. We want to tell somebody what we really think of them. And though any of these may start with legitimate needs for nourishment and pleasure and honesty and rest, every time our wants run roughshod over God’s clear teachings for us-his game plan-they become sin.
Let’s just get this through our heads so there’s no misunderstanding: “The sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want” (Galatians 5:17). If you expect life with God to be pretty much doing whatever you feel like and then praying it away on Sunday, you’re set up for some major disappointment. With God in charge, “you do not do what you want.” You do what he wants-and find along the way that it’s the best thing you could possibly want.
Pray this prayer: I’ve wanted things my way lately, Lord. Help me realize that this will never get me anywhere but into trouble, every time. I want to live a life that is holy and pleasing to you. Send your Spirit to help me.