Romans 8:7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
When we live for our own desires, we won’t let anything get in the way of what we want when we want it. That includes God. It’s impossible to choose worldly pleasure as a way of life and also submit to God.
The truth is, if life is lived for self, then God is an enemy because He calls us to lose ourselves for His sake. We can’t hold on to everything we desire and still seek to please Him. Let’s visit that thought again with a new emphasis. We CAN’T hold onto the selfish desires of our heart and still follow God. It’s not possible!
Yet, so many people try to do this. So many Christians who have truly been saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ still try to live according to their own wants and perceived needs. The very thought of putting aside those desires to seek out what God wants is offensive. Do you see how this makes one hostile toward God? When you think God is trying to take your stuff away, you fight Him. That’s not the way of the Christ follower.
Submission to God means seeking first what He wants. The good news is, He knows better than we do what’s good for us anyway. The things we hold onto are nothing compared to what He has for us if we obey and let Him lead. If you’re holding on, give this a try: let go and ask what God wants for you.