If we hope to be freed from our bondage, we must be honest about where we are. Even if we’re seeking God right now, our seeking may be more about what we want than about what He wants. There are few of us who don’t need to repent of that.
God is lovingly concerned about our brokenness. He knows that we are “weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” At a cost that we cannot count, He has made it possible for us to seek Him, find Him, and find in Him every bit of the wholeness we have lost.
What we need is not only to desire God but to desire Him single-mindedly and wholeheartedly. We cannot afford to love God with the “religious” part of our minds and still allow illicit desires to make themselves at home in the “other” part.
To a great extent, the quality of our lives is determined by this basic question: which will be our main focus from day to day, correcting our own faults or correcting those of others? Much that is important in life depends on our decision.
To make spiritual progress, we must deal decisively with anything that threatens either our desire or our training. “Meditate on these things,” said Paul. “Give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all” (1 Timothy 4:15).
It was God who chose to limit our field of vision to that which is immediately in front of us. It should be evident that if this was God’s choice, then no more foresight than what we have is needed to fulfill the purpose for which we were created.