Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we seek to understand the meaning of the eternal desire.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Eternal Desire
"Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon the earth that I desire besides
thee." Psalms, Chapter 73, Verse 25.
Brothers and sisters, like incessant waves pulled by an unseen force, the eternal desire moves from
eternity and infinity through time and space. It seeks to saturate our minds and souls with the
supreme longing to know and love God the Father, through His son, Jesus. This eternal desire is
indestructible, as our souls become when we identify with the spirit's urges. The urge is to love
unselfishly and show mercy. Other spiritual qualities include hope, trust, and faith, which are
essential to our peace of mind as we respond to the handicaps of time and space.
As we gradually pay attention to urges to love unselfishly, we experience much anguish. Choosing
the right over the wrong, truth instead of error, and beauty over ugliness can seem to be a
disadvantage, from a purely material perspective. So great is the material pressure to conform to the
inertia of evil and so isolating when ignored, only living faith can sustain us. Only living faith can
display to us the ultimate triumph of good over evil amidst the constant changes in our mortal
existence (one day we're sick and the next day we're ill, for example). Such changes create a dazzling
panorama of confusion, for we face a constant pressure to choose.
When we choose moral and spiritual values over material ones, we grow. This growth is so slow that
it is undetectable from day to day. But like all growth it reveals itself in the mastery of increasing
functions. That is, as we grow we are now able to accomplish tasks that in former days were not
possible. Spiritual and moral growth are no different. As we grow morally and spiritually, we are
able to handle greater and greater moral and spiritual responsibilities and to love in the face of
greater and greater difficulties. Yet growth remains slow. There is a reason for this.
The Father wishes to participate in each and every struggle. Like many earthly fathers, our Father
in heaven takes great pride in the accomplishments of his children. Therefore does he send his spirit
to live in our minds and souls to experience life with us and as us. He feels what we feel. The nature
of time and space prevents everything from happening at the same time and in same place. Recall
that in eternity everything happens instantly so that there are no intermediary stages--no beginnings
and no endings. But here in the time space universes, everything is present from the beginning to the
final product. The mechanisms for unifying and integrating growth is subject to time and space, and
when growth proceeds faster than the governing mechanism for growth, as is well illustrated in the
material aspects of life, growth become self destructive. The self is just not able to "handle it."
But slow growth is still growth. We are rewarded as we develop the capacity to appreciate divine
values and meanings. Within us lie eternal potentials that are slowly unraveling, like a ball of yarn.
The eternal desire is not waylaid by the delays of time and the handicaps of space. Eventually, our
urges to love unselfishly will bring us face to face with the creator of that same desire--the heavenly
Father. Let us not be discouraged by the apparent slowness of our journey towards spiritual
completion. Every sincere effort is rewarded by growth, which continues eternally. The eternal desire
is the proof of its invincibility. Reason teaches us that what we are unable to see and accomplish for
ourselves we should allow revelation and faith to accomplish for us. Let us learn to "hang in there."
This concludes today's message on understanding the eternal desire. We hope you find something
in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.