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The call to Christ is not merely to do good. Rather, it is to be formed into the kind of people who do good supernaturally as a result of the Spirit’s transformative power. Altruism without transformation is not salvific.
Part of our task as followers of Jesus is to open ourselves up to a constant hunger and thirst for God, even if we never seem to receive what we believe faith should produce. This is the “resurrection of desire,” the awakening of desire toward God in this life.
Longing for a brighter future is an innate human condition. Without something to hope for, we lose our sense of meaning, value, and purpose. We were made to orient toward a future day when all will be made right, evil will be undone, and the tears will be wiped from our eyes.