This was first posted on my other blog -- Devotions for the Adventure.
When I speak of desires, I am referring to the desire to pursue an adventure of faith. Often, believers find themselves distracted by a desire to be somewhere else or do something else. The desire will not go away, but they are reluctant to pursue it.
Are there questions to can ask that will help discern the integrity of a desire? If you have a desire that will not go away, try putting it through these questions:
When do I sense this desire most intensely? Do I sense it when I am under pressure; is it actually nothing more than a desire to escape? If so, in most situations, don't pursue it.
Where did this desire come from? Does the desire emerge during intensely personal or peaceful times in your walk with God? If so, the desire may very well be a prompting from God.
What are you willing to do to pursue it? Are you willing to make a sacrifice to fulfill it? God's purposes usually require us to leave one thing in order to venture with Him.
Who is going to benefit if you pursue it? This may be the most defining question. Is the desire nothing more than the pursuit of a selfish pleasure? Or will my pursuit bring spiritual fruit and blessing to others?
Responding to godly desires will drastically change your world. Also, others you come in contact with will be deeply impacted. The following quote from Richard Blackaby puts the right kind of desires in perspective,
“If Christians around the world were to suddenly renounce their personal agendas, their life goals and their aspirations, and begin responding in radical obedience to everything God showed them, the world would be turned upside down. How do we know? Because the first century Christians did, and the world is still talking about it.”