How often do we ask the Lord to search our hearts, to reveal the motives behind what we do? Take the time, ask Him to shine the Light of His refining torch into your soul.
The things we do, do we do them to fulfill a need within us or because of wanting to share the love of God with others? For most of us, the answer will be both at times.
Each of us has longings. We all ache at times and seek to numb the pain through activity. We all experience emptiness that fuels what we do as we desire to be filled.
Christ wants to fill the emptiness. He wants to satisfy the ravenous wants we have as human beings. But it requires that we face the pain of not numbing ourselves.
We have to find out the motives of our hearts. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we must analyze why we spend our days as we do. Then we can more easily give up the mindless actions we often undertake. You know, when we repeatedly check social media, sleep away the day, or binge-watch the next new Netflix series.
This can even include serving in our church or hanging out with friends. Where are we finding our value? Is it in our performance, our acceptance or in the affirmations given to us?
As we recognize our tendencies toward idolatry, we can choose to spend time with God instead. We can remind ourselves that only He can satisfy that longing. We can reach for Him instead of something else. In this, our activities will not be an attempt to satisfy our emptiness or numb our soul’s ache.
This will result in the things and people around us no longer possessing such power over us. Suddenly we will find we do not need anything superficial to fulfill us. God will be the One we seek.