“We want more God, simply more looking for God’s face.”
As I read through the evaluations of a recent seminar for pastors held in Moscow, Russia, this comment jumped off the page. It was in answer to the question, “What is the best thing about the seminar?” It expressed the longing of one person’s heart.
I attended a gathering this past week of pastors in the Pacific Northwest. One of the questions on our agenda was, “What helps you grow in your relationship with God?” Several pointed out that their primary source of spiritual nourishment was the time spent in preparing their weekly sermons and lessons. Others spoke of the benefits of listening to music and keeping a journal.
As I pondered the comments from these two gatherings, I was reminded of the apostle Paul’s statements in Philippians–“For to me, to live is Christ” (1:21). “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings” (3:10).
Am I satisfied with the current state of my relationship with Jesus Christ? How well do I know God? How thirsty am I for more knowledge? How hungry am I for a deeper relationship with God? How fervently do I pray and long to see God move in my life, family, and ministry? How much do I depend on his power rather than relying on my own strength? How much do I risk, trusting God to step in and work in those around me? How much time do I invest in strengthening my faith? How intentional am I about my own spiritual growth? How diligently do I seek God?
I’m afraid my answers to these questions embarrass me. I think my Russian friend’s comment needs to become my prayer, “I want more of God.”