As we go through this life, many times we envision what would make us happy. We want a new car, a better house, a pay raise, nice vacation . . . But should any of these things qualify for things that would satisfy us? When our perspective is put in it’s proper place, we realize that all these things are nothing. Their lack of eternal value is glaringly apparent, and we find desire for more permanent and lasting endeavors.
Paul shares his heart with us in Philippians 2. He’s talking to believers when he pleads with them to be unified. Not only does unity bring of an atmosphere of Christlike love, but it presents a more protective barrier against Satan’s devices. Paul pleads from the depths of his heart,
“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love,being of one accord, of one mind.”
Notice that Paul says that such unity in the church would “fulfill his joy.” It would please him completely, it would “fill his happiness to the brim” if the church would dwell in unity.
So here’s my humble challenge to you. Examine your desires. What do you believe would fulfill you. Is it some material thing that you have seen advertised? Is it some lifestyle you desire to attain? Or is it deeper or more meaningful?
If you find yourself desiring carnal things there is a simple solution. Ask God to help you delight in Him. For He tells us, in Psalm 37:4-5, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
God will give us proper and meaningful desires when we delight in Him. And when we continue to focus on Him, He brings them to pass.
I challenge you, let’s have meaningful desires, and focus on that which is eternal instead of physical pleasures. Let something meaningful fulfill our joy.