The extent of our opening to God depends on the extent
of the desire of our true heart. To discover more of God, increase the desire to discover more of God. Indeed, the inspiration of our desire is a means by which God inspires us to seek and discover God.
A hermit was meditating beside a river. A young man interrupted him. "Teacher, I wish to become your disciple," said the man. "Why?" replied the hermit. The man thought for a moment and, then, said, "Because I want to find God."
The Teacher jumped up, grabbed him by his neck, dragged him into the river, and plunged his head under water. After holding him there for a minute, with him kicking and struggling to free himself, the Teacher pulled him up out of the river. The young man coughed up water, gasping for air.
When he quieted, the Teacher spoke, "Tell me, what did you want most of all when you were under water?"
"Air!" replied the man.
"Good!" said the Teacher. "Go home and return to me when you want God as much as you wanted air."
Scripture~Matthew 6.33 (NLT)
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
1) In contemporary terms, how would you define "Kingdom of God"?
2) What does it mean to "live righteously"~use contemporary terms?
3) How do you "seek" God first in your life?
4) What does the opening story imply about "desire" and "seeking" and "finding" God?
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