Today’s Opportunity to Grow Toward Christ-Earnestness
JOHN SHIRK – Earnestness is marked by a sincere desire to be near God and to be right with God. Intense conviction accompanies a person with an earnest faith. The Apostle Paul noted how godly sorrow produced earnestness in the life of the Corinthian church.
In Psalm 63:1, David wrote, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” This is the picture of someone who recognizes their incompleteness without the grace of God. It’s like being in a desert without any water or source of refreshment.
There are a lot of voices claiming to satisfy the soul, but they turn out to be a mirage that leaves us empty. Jesus has living water to offer the thirsty soul. His grace is able to satisfy the person that earnestly searches for Him.
Earnestness is a character quality that enables us to represent Jesus in the world today.