Sense and Nonsense
As I sold what felt like my millionth lottery ticket at work a few days ago, I had an idea pop into the old noggin. Like riches, a lot of people are searching for happiness, and just like there are not a lot of people rich, there are not a lot of people happy. This does not specifically have to be in regards to money or happiness either, you can apply this statement to whatever you want. Make your life about anything and you will get nothing, make your life about something, the right something, and you will have everything. Why would you waste so much times on millions of things that do not matter, things you will never achieve, stuff you will never obtain, when all you have to do is make your life about one thing, just one?!! See, our problem as people, my problem as a person, is that we make our lives about the millions of things that do not matter and make secondary the things that do. We make goals like finding a spouse, going to the mission field, graduating school, settling into a career, doing well on a test, our first priority, and growing in Christ second. If we can make this much, get this far, do enough on our own, then we will let God have complete control. What is funny about people who think this way, they never do find enough of what it is they are looking for. For the unbeliever this makes sense, they have nothing, so they have to fill their lives with something, whereas, for the believer, this is nonsense, we have everything, yet so often we choose to pursue anything.
Anything and Everything
What do I mean by everything and anything? We wonder why we are not fulfilled, yet we invest so much time into things that are not fulfilling. Well, you answer that question, as a Christian, what is everything for those who believe? In my head I just heard a faint voice saying “Jesus”, that often people will respond to questions with in my Bible classes, using a humorous tone. What a perfect illustration for what Christ has become to most believers, a faint “Jesus “, spoken in jest, faded into the background, behind everything else that has taken precedence in our lives. If we truly believed we had everything in Christ, if our life was first and foremost about knowing God and making God known, would we not live like it? Would our lives not look drastically different? I go for days without reading God’s Word, yet I can make time to read just about everything else. I will bet you that in my life I have read more of Neil Gaiman, Arthur Conan Doyle, C.S. Lewis, Hunter S. Thompson and so many others, than I have of the Word of God. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is, not pray and submit my day to Him, but I check my email, Facebook and blog. Some mornings I actually have the nerve to wonder “why did my day start off on such a wrong foot.” We act so puzzled when we stumble and fall in our Christian lives, yet we so willingly take the paths that cause us to do so. The reason we are not fulfilled and not growing, is because we do not pursue things that produce fulfillment and growth! If we make our lives about anything, we will get nothing, if we make our lives about Christ, we may by the world’s standards have nothing, but by God’s standard we will have everything. You are what you eat. Take in what is of Christ, you will be more like Christ, take in what is of the world, and you will be more like the world. You cannot lose your position in Christ, but you can stunt your growth in Him.
If you are not finding fulfillment in Christ, what makes you think you will find it in the world? Stop searching for fulfillment, you have everything you need to be fulfilled in Christ, so take hold of it!
(Artwork by Lucas Antoniak of http://www.risofthemolecule.com)