Christ Covets You
By Patrick Badstibner
If we believe in a theology of glory doctrine then we might believe that the Bible is about us. We might pull passages out of context and go, “OH, there goes my direction for the day, I will do likewise and go hang myself like Judas.” That is a bit extreme, but the reality is, believing in the theology of glory, at some point we are to miss the point so much that we are sure to hang ourselves spiritually or at least rob ourselves of both the joy and life that Christ covets us to have.
YES! Christ does indeed covet us. According to Paul, in Ephesians 1:1-4, A blueprint was drawn up before creation, by the Godhead, that those God calls His children were to be blessed with all spiritual blessings and that they might know as Peter spoke of before time (1 Peter 1:20), that Christ had indeed been appointed as the way to life and joy beyond comprehension. Christ so coveted us that he was willing to forsake all the trappings of being part of the Godhead (Philippians 2:1-15), to become something lower, something that left the angels going, “what’s up with that, why does he covet them so much.” David, wondered this too, when he asked, “What is man, that you should make so much of him (Psalms 8:4).”
The reason He has made so much of us is that we are what Christ covets, His object of desire. Christ loves us so much that he lived an ordinary life as a carpenter among those God considered his objects of wrath (Ephesians 2:4-5), then bled for them, then died the death that was meant for them, then rose so that the Father might draw those who were once his enemies (Romans 5:10), alienated (Colossians 1:20) from him, to now present as a gift to His Son, so that all the Father gives Him would not be cast out (John 6:37,38), but would one day be presented a wedding gown so beautiful that not even the best designer in the world could create one of equal splendor (Revelation 19:7-9).
That is what the Bible is about and why it is only through a theology of the cross, a theology of suffering (2 Corinthians 1:5) that one finds the story of the Bible. For, it is only through a theology of the cross that one finds and discovers that not only is it not about us, but it is about the one who has come from afar, who has come down from the mountain into the valley (Psalms 48:1, Zechariah 8:3, Micah 4:1), to suffer in order that He might show us of His dreams, to tell us of how He left Cavalry to let us know that His daydreams (Psalms 40:5, 139:17) are filled with that which He covets most, US!
The Bible is a story of how our Bridegroom desired us much, as His bride, His lover, His beautiful one, to be near us, to know the life that that He desires for us to have, to know joy unmatched, unrivaled, unparalleled, that HE took upon Himself to be nothing in order that we might be His beautiful darling, his treasure. It is a story of how God finds His deepest glory in fulfilling the longings of his Son and how the Holy Spirit reminds us moment by moment of how God is most glorified by loving us.
We’re Dreaming Big
On most of days, though, we are too busy coveting bigger dreams, bigger waves, bigger goals, bigger possessions and aspirations, to let this have substance in our lives. We think we know what our souls crave. Surely they crave the fulfillment of some of those “What If’s,” the happenings of those “If Only’s,” the completion of our dreams.
Yet, for our souls this is nothing more than a sugar rush that as soon as it is absorbed, leaves us longing for more and when the rush is gone, the low comes, the downer arrives and we are left feeling tired, defeated, wondering as Donald Trump said, “Is that All there is.”
So we look for bigger, more, different, what others have while our lover awaits for us, desires for us to know rest from such living (Matthew 11:28), to know that there is indeed more, to know that the life he has is easy because He carries it, when we let Him. To show us the fruits and pleasures of His garden, His kingdom.
Our lover desires us to know that he awaits to lavish on us the life He lived, the gains He gained, that all of His actions have become ours (2 Corinthians 3:4-6, 5:17-21). When we are married we are pronounced as one, husband and wife, when God justified us we become united with Christ, as a result of that unification, our Husband desires, covets, wants us to know that we are now ONE with Him (Romans 12:5, Galatians 3:28). Yet, to know the benefits of such a union we must forsake all other loves and we must stop prostituting ourselves out, like Gomer (Hosea 1), to all those instant lovers.
Instead of a life filled of jumping from one addiction to another, our husband desires to really show us what our souls crave. Instead of a mindless drifting, sugar rush grabbing, insignificant and superficial life he longs for us to eat food that will satisfy our hungerings, drink water that will never leave us thirsty, to taste of His goodness, His love, His fruits. He desires this so much that He was willing to have His heart broken and He daily continues to allow it to be crushed by our turning not to Him, not looking to Him for the meaning of life, for the fulfillment of our souls cravings, but those things he created to be nothing more than sprinkles on the life he covets to give us.
This is why Paul mentions and repeats the term “In Christ” 164 times, in fact, many believe all of Paul’s writing could be reduced to “In Christ.” For, it is by being unified to the One our souls were designed to be unified to that we discover what it is to be loved by God, we find the reason for our very existence. It is only as our souls are gratified by our affections being drawn, satisfied and filled with the myrrh and sweetness of the perfect Bridegroom that we recover from weary living, from the pain of everyday life, to know the life-giving union Christ desires us to have (Romans 6:1-7).
Essence Of Life
It is only as we discover how deeply our Hero, the Hero that lives outside of Us, desires us and covets us, that we find the beauty of this book, we call God’s Word (Psalms 119: 25-32). It is only as we realize that this is a story about how our lover has chased us through the thorns, dredges, dumps of life to bring us near, we discover the real story (Ephesians 2:13).
Then, it becomes more than a book sitting on a shelf, but a book our souls hunger for (Psalms 42:1), as we read how deeply we are treasured, desired, passionately loved, intensely longed for and coveted. It becomes the first water we reach for, it is then that the law of God becomes not drudgery, but the way we know how deeply we are loved (Psalms 119:97-105).
God’s law becomes the very food, the very substance of our lives (Job 23:12, Jeremiah 15:16). When the seeking to read again and again of how Our lover coveted us becomes greater than anything else, is when these words make up the very air we breath (Job 27:3).
As we hear over and over of how deeply our lover desires us, we will understand Paul and not only understand, but cry as he did, I count all things loss, but to know the One who lifts me from the thorn bushes of life, to see life as it was meant to be lived, (Philippians 3:8). We will say as Paul did, it is not me that lives, but OH may it be the one my soul truly craves, the one who craves me for me and desires for me to be satisfied with just Him (Galatians 2:19,20).
In the arms of our ROCK, the real ROCK, we find our life and our being (Romans 15:17-18). He desires deeply for us to know that only through loving and being loved, through living as He is our everything that we find what it means to be a new creation, no longer old, but new (Romans 6:1-23).
Our Fair One, desires for us to know that we are on His prayer list, He is constantly standing before the throne reminding the Father, that is my love (Hebrews 7:22-28). When we falter He is not looking to shout at us, to beat us, to kick us, to tell us how stupid we are or how much of an idiot we are or how we need to try harder, do more, be better, give us a list of things to do to impress Him, win His favor, pleasure or anything else, but he is whispering, “OH, how I covet, I long for the day that you will truly with no doubt not only be in my presence, but know without question that I long to satisfy you, to wrap you in my arms, for you to know how much I love YOU (Jude 24-25).”
For, now He longs for us to know, that he has no greater desire than when we are failing, hurting and sick, He hurts with us (Matthew 25:40, 1 Corinthians 12:26) and when he has brought good gifts (James 1:17), renewed our youth like the eagles (Psalms 103:5), thrown us a party , He’s partying with us (Zephaniah 3:17). Even in our times of suffering, like Elijah, if we listen to the wind we may just hear instead the voice of our loved one whispering in a tenderness, like none we have ever experienced sweet somethings (1 Kings 19:11-13). There are no sweet nothings with God, everything is something.
Can you hear Him, as in tenderness He whispers,
“Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom— there I will give you my love. The mandrakes send out their fragrance, and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my beloved.” – Song of Solomon 7:12
Let us hear together and then let us run crying out, “OH My Lover, I confess that I have allowed myself to be fascinated with other loves, thank you for YOUR forgiveness, thank you for letting me rest In Your Arms, let me know that indeed my soul longs to Covet, what You Covet.