Sunday, November 6, 2011

Quote: Jim Elliot, 1

~ Good Lust! ~  

Should lust characterize a Christian?

The following is an excerpt from a book.

“Christians today haven’t got what the New Testament calls ‘singleness of heart.’ They haven’t got one constant desire. And that one desire I will name ‘the lust for God.’ I am using the word ‘lust’ rather than the love for God because the phrase ‘love for God’ has become almost trite. It is the lust for God that we are missing. You lust only after those things that you desire intensely.

“The lust for God is the thing that should characterize a Christian. Not that you’ve attained. Not that you’ve arrived. The apostle Paul says, ‘I haven’t arrived. I don’t pretend to have apprehended. But I press toward the mark.’ Paul had huge desires, and that’s what we ought to have.”

~ from “JIM ELLIOT: A Christian Martyr Speaks to You” edited by Robert Lloyd Russell, pg 25 (ISBN: 9781615797646)
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1 comment:

  1. I suppose "lust" could convey something positive. It appears that the Greek words used in the Bible aren't so limited as to only refer to sexual sin.