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Today’s Opportunity to Grow Toward Christ-Earnestness

June 8th, 2011

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.

John Shirk



  1. Ashley Gray
    June 10th, 2011 at 07:58 | #1

    I think I have a lot of “mirages” in my life but I think I never find myself going to God to get the real water during that time. I think if I ask other people to do it for me,like praying, I can but is that even having faith in God?

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