Sunday, August 13, 2017
Lost in Lust
15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
I think that the lust we are warned about is the drive to find our identity—who we actually are—completed by a person, a position, or a possession because we don’t know or have forgotten our identity given to us by God. We are the miracle-born sons of God. Perfect. Made by Him. And the love of God reminds us of that all the time so, convinced about it, we live as He intended—by faith in Jesus.
If any other identity (husband, wife, businessman, ministry leader, etc.) becomes primary, then we are in trouble because we will stop being our true selves in the attempt to become something else, something that seems to work and get us what we want.
What cripples us is that we work to get our identity, that which says we are complete and right, another way than what God has revealed, and it’s the way of the lie: “You are not complete, you are not good unless you can get him, get her, get that job, buy that car.” Played out, lust says that you’ll be complete if you can keep getting what identifies you well, so become whatever is required to win your identity. That is from the world around you—it’s not from the Father, and it’s not from the Spirit who lives in you. The ones following after lust will be daily traumatized by wondering if they’re doing everything right. In the inner trauma, love from the Father will be strangled, and they will act like it.
And the bigger problem? They’re no longer themselves. In their effort to complete their identity, they’ve become a slave to the lie that they don’t already have one. They’re lost—not to God, but to themselves. The wonder of the new creation escapes them, even while they are part of it. What they are attempting to get is “passing away” each day, and must be recaptured and lost, recaptured and lost, again and again.
That’s the ugliness of lust.
However, those of us who believe that God has given us an identity worth cherishing, an identity that means He has made us exactly as He wants us, an identity in which are all the blessings of Christ, that belief is the will of God. And that means eternal life—God’s life given to you and me.
Stay there. Keep getting that identity from God, and you won’t get lost in lust.