30 Jul Disordered Desires (Mt 13:45-46) by Dr. Rich Reich
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant’s search for fine pearls. When he found one really valuable pearl, he went back and put up for sale all that he had and bought it.” ~ Mt 13:45-46 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Jesus taught us in the “Our Father” not only how to pray, but also how to desire. He taught that the priority of our desires should be in the same order as our petitions in the “Our Father.” Our first desire should be for our Father’s name to be hallowed (Mt 6:9). After holiness, our second desire should be for God’s kingdom to come (Mt 6:10). This is definitely not the order of desires that today’s culture of death promotes. Today’s culture places oneself as the top priority above all others instead of God. This selfish and disordered desire believes that a person is responsible for their own happiness and objectifies others as a means for achieving this happiness. This culture also promotes materialism in building our own kingdoms here on earth instead of God’s kingdom. In order to defeat this culture of death, we need to order our desires as Jesus taught us by placing God first above ourselves and working together to build God’s kingdom.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
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