Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Obey Your Thirst

Photo Credit: Indigo Skies Photography (Creative Commons)
In the late 1990s, the soft drink Sprite had a marketing slogan for its commercials:
Image is nothing. Thirst is everything. Obey your thirst.
Obey your thirst. Another way of putting it: follow your heart. Act on your desires. Do what you want to do. I preached on desires recently, and the concept has been percolating in my heart and mind ever since. Our desires inevitably lead to actions, behaviours, habits, practices.

We do do what we want to do.*

I read this recently in the NIV Application Commentary on 2 Corinthians, by Scott J. Hafemann:
Every act of trust in God's promises expresses itself in an act of obedience to his commands; every act of obedience is a manifestation of trust. Conversely, every time we disobey God is it because we are not trusting him. Hence, every command of God is, in essence, a promise of God in disguise. To declare, "You shall have no other gods before me," is therefore essentially the same thing as saying, "God promises to be sufficient in all things as your sovereign Provider, Redeemer, Lord, and Judge--so trust him alone." In the same way, "You shall not covet...anything that belongs to your neighbor" is essentially the same thing as saying, "God promises to provide what you need in the world and in himself in order to satisfy the deepest longings of your heart--therefore trust him." 
God commands what he commands because he promises what he promises.
Obedience comes down to trust. When my children disobey me or my wife, it's because a voice in their heads and a craving in their hearts is asking the question, "do I really believe that what they're asking of me is the best way to live?" It's the same question the serpent asked of Eve in the Garden: "did God really say that you would die?" Should I really trust this person, that their desires for me are better/healthier/wiser than my own?

So when I'm choosing to obey my thirst, and my thirst is for something other than God, I am actively disobeying his ways and settling for less than the eternal life he offers. When I am trusting God and His promises, when I am thirsting for His presence more than my impulses, I am living in obedience, and thus living in abundance.

If I do what I want, and I thirst for what God wants, then I'll live in obedience. I obey my thirst, and it is pleasing to the Lord.

Image is nothing. Christ is everything. Obey the Christ.

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 

Thoughts? Share in a comment.

*I just made you say "doodoo."

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