Random Devotional 1: Slaves and Desires

Originally Posted: March 19, 2006 (Age 17)

I’m going to start posting random devotionals about what God’s doing in my life or what’s on my heart. Maybe it will even be used to speak to you. The first one is a result of a song I was listening to in my car and thoughts I had upon waking up this morning.

There is a line in Switchfoot’s song “Lonely Nation” that says, “We are slaves of what we want.” There are many things that we want. Money. Toys. Gadgets. Video games are a favorite topic for teachers and youth pastors. But our desires transcend material things. We want attention. Acceptance. Love.

There is nothing wrong with these desires. I desire them myself. It only becomes a problem when we begin to make decisions based only on these desires. We do things because we want to do them, or because we want something or someone, without caring about God or others think. Our desires control us. When we can no longer say “no” if saying “no” will separate us from our desire ~ that is when we have become “slaves of what we want.”

Matthew 6:24 says “No man can serve two masters.” If we are serving our desires, we are not serving God. Life is not just about having fun and being funny, and doing whatever we feel like doing. Life is not about us!

We need to continually remind ourselves to seek the happiness of others before our own. We need to continually remind ourselves that God’s purposes are more important than our own. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) And when we remember to put God first, he will end up giving us the things that we need, and often the things that we want, too.

Like it or not, we have to be slaves of something. If you try to be your own master, you will be a slave of your desires. Considering the options, I would much rather be a slave of God.