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“I count all things loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8 NIV).

C. S. Lewis said, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” Our Father in heaven says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).


There is nothing that can truly satisfy the heart of the child of God other than God Himself. But, we will not find satisfaction in Him until we’re pursuing Him wholeheartedly. Otherwise, the things this world offers will attract and distract us and we’ll give up the chase. Why the chase in the first place? The focused pursuit of anything makes the attaining all the sweeter. Just ask any great champion or achiever. 


If we’re going to fully attain the sweetness of deep satisfaction in Jesus, we need to stay hungry for more of Him. He is life and goodness and living water. Oh children of God, let us not be among those who are too easily pleased! Let us be those who count all things loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ our Lord!

© Paul R Downing

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