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Love God, Do What You Want

St. Augustine said, “Love God, do what you want.” When so many of us are searching for our purpose or place in life, I submit that our questions may be answered by this simple truth.

This is not a license to blindly follow our fleshly impulses. Rather, this is the claim that when we seek God first His desires become our desires. When we have a need, it’s tempting to search the Bible or prostrate ourselves in prayer hoping to find what we’re looking for. Our motive, instead, should be to seek the Lord just for who He is.

The nation of Israel was God’s chosen people to carry out His purposes, to bring Him glory and to be the vessels by which His Gospel would enter the world. Yet their history was riddled with deceit and disobedience. Moses sought the face of God; Moses sought His ways. The nation as a whole sought what God could do for them; they sought His deeds. They just wanted God to provide and do what they asked of Him.

It may sound overly spiritual, but our primary purpose in life is to love God. When we seek Him just for being who He is, our heart and life line up with the Holy Spirit. His desires
become our desires, and we are freed from the problems that we were so tempted to solve in the first place.

Beware! When you allow the Lord to define your desires and your heart and your life, there is no telling what will happen. You will be surprised at what you feel compelled to do, and there is no turning back.

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