We all have desires, things that we would like to acquire. Someone who is single may desire a mate. We see a nice car and put it on our vision board. We want nice houses and top-of-the-line clothes. I found myself desiring new things recently and I was grateful that at church yesterday my pastor assured that these desires can come from God. As we seek and become more like Him, our desires begin to model His. He places an innate urge in us for that which He plans to provide us.
Not every single thing we desire may be from God, but if we are mindful of what we allow into our heart and spirit then our longings can align with what He has for us. It is important, however, that when we receive what we want, that we are sure that it is exactly what we are looking for and what God wants for us.
I am learning to ensure that what I seek comes from God by having Kingdom motives behind what I do. If what I yearn for does not bring glory to God and does not help His people in some way, then most likely it came from my flesh. We all have natural behaviors and spiritual behaviors. We just have to strive for the spiritual to outweigh the natural. Before satisfying the desires of our flesh we have to stop, think, and consult our Heavenly Father for the right move.
As followers of Christ we have to be sensitive to His ways. It is very easy to get twisted between what we want and what He has prepared for us (and what He has prepared us for). When we plant His seeds in us through studying the Word, surrounding ourselves with Kingdom-hungry people, and spending time in worship, we become guided by the Holy Spirit. We train ourselves to follow the Spirit rather than the flesh. Our desires are then ordained by God.
It’s okay to want nice things but it must benefit the Kingdom. We are in this world but we are not of it. The world should want to get on our level not the other way around. Let’s be an example by following God’s lead. When He is glorified, possessions will come.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.