“Your Heart’s Longing?”

Posted: January 30, 2019 in Christian Life, Songs

My friend, what is the greatest longing of your heart?  As human beings, we naturally tend to love and look out for ourselves first. The Apostle Paul wrote, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

…we do [should] not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Timothy 4:18)

Songwriter Oscar C. A. Bernadotte expressed the longing of his heart with these words

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

Author Warren Wiersbe wrote, “I would rather have Jesus Christ as my Master than anyone else I know [Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15] . He loves me [ John 13:34, 35], He knows all about me [John 2:24, 25], He made me [Psalm 139:15], He knows the future [Isaiah 46:10], and He gives me the power I need to serve Him acceptably and fruitfully [Philippians 4:13; Ephesian 3:20]. When I fail, [The Father] forgives me [when I confess my sins to Him – 1 John 1:9] and helps me start over again [Luke 22:32]. He never leaves me or forsakes me [Hebrews 13:5], and He rewards me graciously [1 Corinthians 3:8, 14; 2 Corinthians 5:10], though I don’t deserve it [Revelation 4:11; 5:9]. Could you find a better Master than that?” [I couldn’t.] – Warren W. Wiersbe, On Being A Servant, p. 30.

Believe it or not, we all have someone or something that rules over us. Without their knowing it, many people are controlled by the devil (John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2, 3), and/or their own sin nature (Romas 6:14; 7:15-25). It might surprise you to know that some people, who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, have not yet made the decision to submit to His authority over their lives. Have you? This is not a condition for salvation, as “Lordship salvation” teachers are telling people. It should be the logical result of a person who really appreciates what Christ did for him/her.

The Apostle Paul wrote these words to folks who were already saved. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2). Can you say or sing this and mean it?

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;
I’d rather be true to His holy name”

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.”

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change when they see what God says in His Word (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We invite you to read other articles we’ve written by going to www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com. It this article has been helpful to you, we’d like to hear from you. Please SHARE this information with others too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Renditions of “I’d Rather Have Jesus” by –

George Beverely Shea, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i89oTAJ-Aek&t=71s

Jim Reeves, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNH8fD5tAt8

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