Hungry for God
A couple of years ago, I was talking to a young man after a worship service one Sunday, and he asked me about a couple of book recommendations and what to do next for his spiritual growth. We had a good chat. So as I often do, I threw him a couple of book suggestions. A short time later, I received an email from him (which he gave me permission to quote). His email was overflowing with excitement about what he was learning:
Two weeks ago I came to you after the service and asked about books you’d recommend to read. You brought my attention to your top ten list on the church website, specifically the first three. I just completed reading The Sovereignty of God, along with the other two and found it difficult to put them down.
Soon afterwards, we had lunch and had a great talk about spiritual matters and all that he was learning. A whole new world was opening up to him. As I sat and talked with him, I could see a genuine hunger for God that was coming alive within him.
This is one of the hallmarks of a person who is truly born again. They are not perfect by any means, but they have a passionate hunger to know Christ and to make him known. They want the real thing! They want to know more about who God is, and even more important, they want to know Him on a deeper level. So when is the last time you read a good, Cross-focused, God-centered book that stirred your mind and heart? I’ve read a lot of such books this past year, but one of my favorite experiences was re-reading J.I. Packer’s Knowing God (Amazon, B&N). It was a feast for my heart, mind, and soul. (I read it again in the Smoky Mountains a few summers back.)
If you don’t know what to read right now, first of all, make sure you’re in Scripture. Then I would urge you to visit my top ten list and begin there. Who knows what God-passions could be ignited in you. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor