He will be found, if you seek after Him.
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deut 6:5
We are meant to understand this world around us. We truly are. But, until we have our eyes opened by the Holy Spirit, we will be living in this world trying to understand but never coming to the full knowledge of God.
Because, in our sin, in our natural state of human fallen-ness, we are blinded by Satan, who is the prince of the world.
You see, until we come to know Jesus for ourselves, we try to ‘do and do and do’–even for other people to ‘make this life a better place’, etc.
Jesus says to love our neighbor, truly. But until it is *****Jesus doing it through us*****, we can never fully understand what it means to love our neighbor. We will be left still feeling empty inside when we try to love others entirely from our own hearts.
We were designed with a purpose, we were designed to live a full life–with God. But, because this world is fallen, we can not experience life to its fullest on our own. We need to be completed by Jesus in order to be fulfilled. There is no other way.
But because we are living in a fallen world and are born into sin, we are separated from God. He didn’t cause us to be separate from Him as some kind of cruel joke. No, Satan came in and tricked Adam and Eve into disobeying God.
And I dare you to think that had it been me, or you, we would have done the same thing. We aren’t any better than them. Adam and Eve represent us. We are human, we are fleshly. We are rebellious. We are disobedient. It’s only a matter of time before we disobey. And therefore, we need a Savior.
The problem is not Adam and Eve. The problem is that when we read about them, and picture ourselves in their place, their story acts as a mirror of our own lives. And if we are honest with ourselves, we will come to realize that the reflection is so honest and powerful that we have to look away, because we don’t much care for what we see.
Because He loved us and wanted us to be restored to Himself, He made a way. The Way. Jesus Himself came down from heaven to live a perfect life and take upon Himself all the sins of whomever would believe in Him. And when He says “all”, that means “all” for those who will willingly lay down their life, everything they know, everything they love, everything they desire, to follow what God desires. (Which by the way, is only ever good!)
And at that very moment when we come to the realization that He is the Only Way, and we fully surrender our heart to Him and ask Him to be the Lord of our life, He fills us beyond all comprehension!
We were meant to be filled, be happy, be loved, and to live in ultimate fellowship with Him. But we as humans messed that up.
But God made a way.
In order to get to that fullness, that fellowship with God, we must first be forgiven and set free from everything that has separated us from God. That can only be done through Jesus.
We can try and try and try to find out purpose here in this earth but we will always be left with this unending void in our soul— until we come to the cross and accept that Jesus is the only Son is God, who lived a perfect life, died for our sins, rose after three days, and lives and reigns in heaven as Lord. Until we, for ourselves, fully accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior.
Your grandpa can’t do it for you, the preacher can’t, your neighbor or your friend can’t. Not even your mama can. It’s something we have to choose to do of our own free will.
Without Jesus, there is no point in life. I recently gave my life to Him in May of 2012, and He changed my world!!!! He changed me from the inside out.
In that very moment, He came to live inside of me! He immediately filled this vast void I’d been longing and longing to fill all my life.
Nothing would fill it–and at that moment I knew that nothing I could have ever done in my entire life would have remotely come close to what He did inside of me!! That vast void for which I’d been searching and aching for the right thing to fill it–all of a sudden it was full!! By nothing that I did myself–but by Him. In one instant.
From that moment forward, my heart has been on fire for God, and I’ve never been more alive and complete and joyful! Even on my worst days when I am unhappy and miserable, there is still a joy that cannot even begin to be expressed–it truly is the joy of knowing that I am my Father’s child, and He is with me, and one day, I will be in His presence--forever!!
This is coming from someone who was miserable their entire lives, even as a child– I was unhappy, hated life, was miserable and did not see the point in life. I thought it was a cruel thing that Eve did, and I always blamed her for all the trouble in my life and the world around me.
The problem was, I wasn’t placing blame where it needed to be–on myself—because I did not see myself as sinful. In my eyes, I was perfect. It was Eve who messed everything up for the rest of us.
Or so I thought.
I didn’t realize that, had He placed me in that garden, I’d have done the very same thing–or worse.
Love my neighbor? Yes. That is a command from God–the second greatest command. And now, when I do things for others, it’s not from me, and it’s not for me. It is from God, and it is for the glory of God.
Yes, there are still times in which I do things “for me”, for my own satisfaction. But every time I do, I am reminded that there is absolutely no glory in that. That the only way for me to be fulfilled in giving to others is if i do that giving from the right place–from Him. When I take a backseat to God and let Him lead, He fills me beyond comprehension!
He tells us all of our righteousness is like filthy rags–and I know it to be true. He’s not calling us names. He’s not telling us that we are insignificant.
No, what He’s telling us is that without Him living inside of us, we are null and void. We go about our daily lives just trying to fulfill this place in our heart–that cannot be filled by us. It cannot be fulfilled by any thing that we do for others, and it cannot be fulfilled by working hard or measuring up to some quota or whatever.
Because we are empty without Jesus.
And in Jesus, we are made complete.