God has something to say about desire.
1. (Psalm 37:4-6) “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”
Delight in the Lord, Him giving us the desires of our heart and committing our way to Him lead us to a right life. Not a life of “do’s and don’ts”; rather being right with God and right with the world. Our lives should shine. Grumpy Christians should be an oxymoron.
2. (Proverbs 13:12) “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Imagine a tree of life. That is what God has for your life. The tree is full, abundant, pleasant to be near, healthy and growing. The longings in your heart will lead you to see this as a reality.
3. (1 Corinthians 6:12) “Everything is permissible for me”-but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”-but I will not be mastered by anything.
Here is the key, be not mastered by anything. We have One Master: the Lord God Almighty. As an example: I love to read, but if I read all day, every day that is not beneficial to the family that I care for.
4. (Matthew 13:24-30) The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
“ 24Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25″But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.
26″But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.
27″The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’
28″And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’
29″But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.
30Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ “
The landowner is our Creator God. The enemy, the devil. The workers are the people who serve God with good intentions but religious tendencies; who are more concerned with good and bad classifications rather than growth and richness of life. “Tares” are twisted desires and empty acts of self righteousness. “Wheat” is desire for truth and authentic acts of righteousness motivated by love.
Yanking all desire stunts good growth. Fulfilled desire cultivates maturity, longevity and strength.