Driven By Lust | The Overcomers Series
An excerpt from Pastor Dustin Renz’ teaching, “Driven By Lust”
What is the direction of your heart? What is the driving force of your life right now? What are your affections set upon? As a first point, I want to make mention that humans were created with drive in their lives. When God created us, He created us uniquely with this drive inside of us to live, a drive to succeed, a drive to create, and drive to thrive in life. There's this thing inside of humans that wants to do things, that wants to move forward in life, and wants to pursue different things. It's true of believers, but it's also true of the unbelieving world. It's something that all humans share.
Consider children. If you ask an 8 year old child "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I've never met a kid that says "I want to grow up and be a total failure in the business world" or "I want to grow up to try to start a business, crash and fail, go bankrupt, and lose everything." No kid has desires like that. No kid says "I want to grow up and be a homeless drug addict on the streets. That's my motivation." We would think a kid had some serious issues if they answered like that. No, kids want to be astronauts and firemen. They want to do something that changes the world around them. They want to do something great. It's something that's inside of us.
In fact, if you go to the doctor and you begin to share "I don't feel good. I just don't have a drive to live anymore. I've lost my motivation. I don't have a passion for life." They will diagnose you and conclude that something is wrong. In the medical community, losing your drive for life is seen as a sort of a mental illness or an indicator of it.
So being driven is not the issue here. It's not sinful to be driven in your life. It's a very good thing when it's done in the context of a relationship with the Lord. When your passions and your desires are for the glory of God, then that's a healthy thing God has given to us. There's something about the talents and the unique gifts God has given each one of us that is beautiful to the Lord. It is pleasurable for God when you do what you're uniquely created to do and it's an offering to the Lord.
Paul, in Colossians 3:23, said "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord." So whatever you're doing in your life, whatever your job is, whatever your occupation, you can do that for the Lord and do it as an offering to Him. If God has given you the ability to do something, do it for the glory of God and be passionate about it. If you can fix things with your hands, then do that for the glory of God and go for it. If you're a mechanic, be the most passionate mechanic in your shop and do it for God's glory. If you're called to teach, be the most passionate teacher in your school. It's a good thing when God has gifted you and given you the ability to do something - go for it and run full throttle after it, as long as it's for the glory of God.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” So whatever that unique talent, whether you're called to be in business, called into the ministry - maybe you write songs and play music - whatever it is, you can do it all for God's glory and it is beautiful to him. It is your God-given "epithumia" and can be expressed in a healthy way as God has given it to us.
The issue arises when we use the passions of our life and the desires of our hearts in order to gain something for ourselves. When our "epithumia" begins to be about me, my own needs, and my own desires, rather than God's glory, then it becomes a driving lust.
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