“Sin is humanity curved in on it’s self”
As people we have a tendency to make things about us. We seek our own end in almost everything: relationships, achievements and indeed in our spirituality and worship. The question that dominates our lives and our world is one of personal satisfaction.
Ironically the more we seek our own satisfaction the less we are satisfied.
This is because “satisfaction” is not what we actually desire. It is only the fruit of what we actually desire.
The reason we chase after satisfaction is because we have misinterpreted that deep, fundamental desire which is central to every individual: the desire to be human.
And what is it to be human? Speaking from a biblical perspective, human beings are made in the image of God. Thus when our selfish pursuit of satisfaction compromises our ability to be God like/Christ Like, we are not human. We are less than human.
The work of redemption is to return us to our humanity: to make us like God.
And what is God. God is many things, but in addressing the issue of satisfaction C.S Lewis points us to a powerful truth in saying that “God is selfless by definition, with everything to give and nothing to receive.”
Thus to be truly human is (at least in part) to be selfless.
Must we stop pursuing satisfaction to become human?
Is that even possible?
What if the problem is not with our desire but rather where we seek fulfilment?
Perhaps the question of satisfaction is a God-given one. Perhaps God inspired the question to lead us to the answer. Perhaps the answer is worship: that posture of the heart, which is “bent out” toward God. That place where we are least about ourselves and most consumed with the wonder of who He is, what He has done and what He is doing.
Perhaps the road to humanity begins with Awe.