Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Lord, Take the Second Place in My Heart?

Where is God on your list of priorities? Can you say with King David, "As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God" (Psa 42.1b-2a ESV)?

Is Christianity an appendage you add to your life or is it your core from which everything else hangs?

Is Christianity something you do--one among many things--or is it something you are?

Wesley had a definite opinion about the place Christianity should have in each human heart. He preaches strongly:

"'Seek ye first the kingdom of God:' — Before ye give place to any other thought or care, let it be your concern that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who 'gave his only begotten Son,' to the end that, believing in him, 'ye might not perish, but have everlasting life') may reign in your heart, may manifest himself in your soul, and dwell and rule there; that he may 'cast down every high thing which exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.' Let God have the sole dominion over you: Let him reign without a rival: Let him possess all your heart, and rule alone. Let him be your one desire, your joy, your love; so that all that is within you may continually cry out, “The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.'" (Sermons, #29)

Is that your definition of Christian commitment? If not then, according to Wesley, your definition is deficient. If the Trinity is not your supreme reason for existence then you have misunderstood Christianity.