Have you ever felt that your desires were a barrier keeping you from walking in faith and holiness? That they must be resisted and shoved aside in order to advance in the pursuit of Christ? Jen Pollock Michael, the author of Teach Us To Want, shares her struggle with these beliefs.
She writes about a time in her life that she concluded “…desire was an impediment to faith, a detour from holiness. The trap of self interest.”
It’s been awhile since I’ve written a book review. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a slow reader. I’m happy if I can get through one book a month. However, it has taken the better part of two months to get through this one – and it’s not because I’ve been too busy or haven’t made the time to read.
The reason I took so long to read through this book is because it gave me an unquenchable craving to linger.
Within its pages, Michel uses The Lord’s Prayer to walk her readers through a Biblical and comprehensive theology of desire.
The concepts she presents reveal not only a deep understanding of Biblical truth and precepts, but also a deep awareness of her own self and individuality.
Pollock’s transparency about the truth of her desires provoked a new courage in me to take an honest inventory of my own.
“..ignoring our desires may serve as the convenient way we remain ignorant and resist change.”
Desire is a tool the Lord uses to reveal the areas of our soul in which our old nature continues to influence us. It reveals the state of a heart’s condition. Therefore, instead of choosing to resist our desires we should be genuinely identifying, naming, and examining them.
When we investigate our desires through the lens of God’s truth we are able to clearly see the areas that need to be touched by the transforming power of sanctification. We can see our ambitions, dreams and longings as He does. And because He a loving and good Father we can boldly take our wants and longings to His throne of grace, knowing He will gently take them into His hands and form their shape into vessels for carrying His purposes.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. ~Psalm 139:23-24
I recommend this book for anyone who longs to long more for His kingdom and glory.