“The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One. And has it purely, legitimately, and forever.” — The Pursuit of God.
Remember how I said I’m not there yet? Lately I have been contemplating the sufficiency of God, trying to understand what it really means. I started reading The Pursuit of God, somewhat on a whim, and I found a perfect description. This is the destination, but I’m only at the very beginning of the journey.
Because here is the truth: I want more. So often I seek after temporary pleasures, needing and craving this and that, believing with all my heart that happiness lies in this earthly realm. The wants, the needs, the desires, they can become all-consuming. I really “need” to be able to get off the couch more often. I “need” my mobility back so I can better serve God and his people. I just want one normal day where I can go out to eat, take a hike around the park, and enjoy the feeling of not being in pain. Is there anything I desire more than my pre-pain life back?
Until we stop. Until we reach a new level of faith in which we can honestly proclaim, “Lord, all I need is you.” It feels an impossibility. It feels impossible to reach that place where I can honestly say, “all things are loss save for knowing Christ.” It feels an impossibility to truly believe that my health, my mobility, my physical comfort, my abilities are but rubbish save for knowing Christ. I still want these things. And the “wants,” the “needs,” the “too much desiring” hold me back from believing I already have everything that I need. From saying, use me as you please with what small service I have to give.
May we come to the point of scarcely feeling a sense of loss, “for having the Source of all things [we have] in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight.”