When my oldest daughter was a toddler, she loved balloons. So for her third birthday party I blew up fifty red balloons. It was not an easy feat, but I was pretty excited about how excited she would be when she saw them.

When she walked into the party, however, she looked confused. She picked up one of the balloons and said, “Daddy, what’s wrong with these balloons? They are broken. They don’t float in the air like the ones from Red Robin” (which were helium balloons). Scrambling to salvage the moment, I explained that my balloons were better than the ones that float . . . because we could play games with them, like seeing who could keep their balloon in the air the longest by smacking it upward.

She didn’t buy it. She wanted the ones that float on their own. Thanks, Red Robin.

If you blow up a balloon with your breath, the only way to keep it afloat is by smacking it continually. The moment you stop, the balloon will drop back down to the ground. Fill that same balloon with helium, however, and it soars on its own—no smacking required.

In chapter 5, “Untouchable Holiness,” we saw that when it comes to our walk of faith, God wants believers who soar spiritually without the need for continual “smacking.” He wants our hearts to be so captivated by his love, so amazed by who he is, that we couldn’t imagine anything we’d rather do than please him. God is not just after obedience, but a whole new kind of obedience, an obedience fueled by desire. He is not content to compel our behavior with threats of punishment or promises of blessing. He wants people who seek him because they love him, who do righteousness because they delight in it. — Greear and David Jeremiah, Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018).


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