Spiritual lust is a dangerous addiction, as deadly as heroin. Craving ecstatic feelings more than Christ alone will murder your destiny and…your sanity.
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3 NASB
Spiritual Lust Disdains Simplicity
I’ve seen many – dear to me forever – who left Jesus and lost reality over silly flights of fancy: Satan’s seduction of false experiences that mean nothing and gain nothing of the true knowledge of Christ. Once you touch the ‘high’ of fake bliss, you are hooked on experience, and the simplicity of Christ is not enough for you. You must have your next soaring religious fix.
What beautiful words “the simplicity of Christ.” Complexity and grandiosity are seductive tactics of the enemy to flatter our ambitious minds, a trap of his deceiving…actually to leave the Lord. Such satanic delusion feeds on bitterness with God, just as with Eve, that “He has not given me enough.”
The Simplicity of Christ
The exquisite nature of Christ is His simplicity, His way of being that we can scarcely see. It takes blank obedience to have the smallest glimpse of the beauty and wonder of His simplicity. The Son of Man was human, divinely so. Fully human and fully divine, He was altogether both in one Person and that – to my amazement – is the simplicity of Christ. For the glorious Son of God to be fully human, common, poor and ordinary! That is shocking. Unlike us, Jesus lived in utter satisfaction with His state and being, yet He was utterly transcendent over our very same human condition! It’s truly amazing.
Moment by ordinary moment, Jesus was simply Himself-in-God and that was fullness enough for His deepest satisfaction.
We sheep are such simple beings; really, we cannot tolerate unending excitement or trauma. That is why “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.”
Why? Because our nature, our new creation, is made in Christ’s brilliance of simplicity. And when we lust to be more than ordinary clay vessels, we are opening the door to madness.