I have something to share with you all. I can distinctly recall harassing and making fun of Christians in online forums in the past. I look back now and realize that there was no good reason for me to do that. The people I was bothering had certainly never done anything wrong to me. In fact, they were actually very nice and kind. So why in the world would I mock and harass someone who was being nice and kind to me, and to everyone else?
Well, I obviously didn’t like what they had to say. I didn’t like what they stood for. I didn’t like the message they were bringing with them. Like I said in my last post, I believe there were spiritual forces at work.
I do not claim to know with certainty why other people do the things they do. So, I am not necessarily trying to project this onto anyone else. But, I can tell you what my situation was at that time. The real problem for me was that I was miserable in my own life. Of course, I would often pretend like everything was wonderful. I’m sure I purported to be living some kind of great life. But truthfully, my life was pretty much pathetic around that time. I probably didn’t think of it that way back then, but I realize it now. If my life had really been so great, is that how I would have been spending my time? Certainly not… that’s how I see the whole thing now. Life just wasn’t good for me, so I sought to make life miserable for others.
What are you searching for right now? What do you long for?
Chances are, you are thinking to yourself one or more of the following: 1) More money 2) Someone to love that will also love me back 3) A promotion 4) A family 5) A new house 6) A bigger audience 7) My next good investment or trade…
We tend to focus heavily on the means. But what we are all really longing for are things like acceptance, identity, purpose, security, and love. Those are the deepest kinds of human needs, and we all have them.
Actually though, we can get so distorted in our desires that those things end up sounding foreign to us. In other words, we can get so focused on harmful desires (what the Bible calls “lusts”) that they’re all we think about. I can promise you that such desires will never be satisfied. The temporary appeasement of those desires can never satisfy your inner being (what the Bible calls your soul). No amount of sex, alcohol, drugs, money, adoration, respect, success, or power will ever truly satisfy you. You will always want more. It will never be enough. A good question arises… is it rational to chase so hard after things that do not ultimately satisfy? Is it wise? Is it healthy? Is it good? Everyone has to decide for themselves. All I can say is that I have been in this place. I have chased hard after those things, and it did not end well for me.
Wherever you are in life, I hope and pray the best for you. Of course, I would also like to share with you where I find acceptance, love, identity, security, and purpose. I would like to tell you where I always find fulfillment. I believe you can too.
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’” – John 6:35
This may all sound made up or crazy to you, but I can testify to you that it’s true. I am human. I sometimes still get sidetracked. I get wrapped up in various pursuits. I may find myself thinking too much about the things of this world. I may even chase after them for a time. But then I remember that they never satisfy. They don't fulfill those innermost longings that we all have. The idea that they will meet our deepest needs and desires is only an illusion - a trap, if you will.
But when we come to Jesus, he never leaves us unfulfilled. He has the ultimate of everything:
Wealth - He owns heaven, earth, and the entire universe. He lets us use some of it, but it all belongs to him.
Power - He is omnipotent.
Security – Some may think they can, but no one can ever take anything away from him or knock him from his lofty position. He is the most high, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and he always will be.
Acceptance – He has billions of adoring followers, servants, and friends.
And here is the best part… when you come to him, he makes you part of his family and he shares all of those things with you! He is still God and he always will be. But you get to share in his family, his wealth, his power, his security, his love, his purpose, and his glory now and for all of eternity! I’m telling you it is wonderful!
But you don’t have to take my word for it. You can find out yourself by seeking him with all of your heart. Even though the simple truth of it can be hidden from our eyes at times, the message of the gospel is given to us in very plain language. We are sinners trapped in our own rebellion. We are in need of someone to come and set us free, and then pardon us of the penalty we deserve. Jesus is ready and willing to do that for you right now. All you have to do is ask him.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
All of your guilt and shame can be completely taken away from you right now. All of those unhealthy, unfulfilled desires can be removed and replaced with healthy and good desires... desires that will be perfectly fulfilled for all of eternity. You do not need an earthly priest for this. Jesus is our great high priest:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16
He is so loving and kind and understanding. He understands everything you have gone through and are going through, and he wants to help you. He wants to save you, deliver you, heal you, and bless you right now. Ask him to do those things for you today! He will do it! He is faithful!
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