Don’t Be Natural

Here’s your “How To Be On the Cutting Edge of Coolness” tip for the day: get into natural stuff. It seems that if you want to earn any cool points in today’s world you need to be embracing a natural, organic lifestyle. You must buy naturally grown plants, drink shade-grown organic coffee, wear all-natural cotton garments, and maintain a natural diet that includes at least 43 servings of fruits, vegetables, and humus every day. You’re not going to get a lot of takers when you host a ‘processed’ dinner party, with lots of Velveeta cheese, Spam, and Coca-Cola on the menu.

Now, lest I come across as cynical, I genuinely do appreciate natural things whenever possible. I do get concerned however, when people start talking about doing what ‘feels’ natural. Why? Because many of our natural desires are nothing more than sinful desires. Our nature is sinful, and so to do what feels natural is often sinful.

Isn’t it true that sin feels so natural at times? Whenever something doesn’t go our way, anger is the natural response. When something sexually inappropriate flickers onto the television screen, lust is the natural, sinful response. And it’s so easy to justify our sin because it feels so right. But what feels so right, isn’t. What’s natural isn’t what’s truly good, beautiful, and satisfying. What will truly satisfy my thirsty soul is not indulging in the natural, but God himself.

Psalm 84:11 captures all this beautifully when it says:

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

What sweet words those are! Our fulfillment doesn’t come from satisfying our natural, sinful desires. In fact, the complete opposite is true. Joy, life, and satisfaction are found in pursuing Christ and walking in righteousness. Our sinful flesh lies to us, telling us that we need to give in to our natural desires. By God’s grace, we must fight this lie with God’s promise of true pleasure. He won’t withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly.

By God’s grace, don’t be natural today. Rather, let’s pursue what will truly satisfy our hearts: the living God.

+photo by M McM

Stephen Altrogge

I'm a husband, dad, writer. I drink too much coffee and know too much about Star Wars. I created The Blazing Center. I've also written some books which people seem to like. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook