Truth, faithfulness, the righteous expectations of God, prayer, holiness, glorification of God’s Holy Son, willing obedience to heavenly things, and a daily renewal of all these things. This can be expected for those who willingly submit to the leadership of Christ Jesus.
But pleasure of this world’s desires, chasing after everything that is not God, short and useless prayers (such as God bless america), powerless religious observances, and oh so many other things, this is the nature of a man without Jesus.
19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” (The Gospel of John chapter 3)
How incredibly sad that this should be our epitaph; that at the moment of our death, our pursuit of anything but God is all we bring to the Holy Throne of the Sovereign God. All the while he offers freely so very much to any who will purposefully place him in his proper position.
By his own nature man is lazy. Oh he’ll provide for all the things he wants. But is he willing to let God cause him to provide all the things that God wants?
Those who diligently seek the truth of God in Christ Jesus will be granted God’s desires. There is no need to qualify that statement. But those who only desire the things of this world, such people will not find the things that God is willing to offer so freely.
By His Grace