We chase a lot of things in this life–stuff, achievements, stuff, relationships, more stuff. Always more because none of that “stuff” ever satisfies. The Bible is full of examples of people who sought after worldly gain and satisfaction: Solomon, David, rich young ruler, woman at the well, Saul-turned-Paul, Pharisees–all of them searching for something that would satisfy the longing in their hearts.
Some of them found the answer and some of them didn’t. That’s what is so sad to me. And I see it every day–people who are searching for fulfillment in all the wrong things: money, career, possessions, relationships, status, accomplishments. And, yes, even religion.
Because religion will work for you for a while. Until it grows stale and cold, you can’t keep the rules, the church lets you down, and then you just chase after something else. Because religion doesn’t save–Jesus does.
The truth is that only a life-giving, personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ can satisfy the deepest longing of our souls. That longing is to be loved, pursued, chased, and complete–to be whole and to feel significant. It’s the reason we go into debt for more stuff, the reason we will keep seeking another relationship, the reason we will toil to work more and achieve more, the reason many turn to drugs and alcohol when our longing goes unmet. We want our lives to be fulfilled, complete, significant.
And we can find all of that in Jesus. In fact, we will never find it anywhere else.
“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” (Ecclesiastes 5:10, NIV).
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the water; and you who have no money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:1-2).
Yep. That’s the American way: spending money on what is not real bread (the Bread of Life–Jesus) and working hard to earn a living which in the end does not satisfy. We end up becoming slaves to the very things we have chased. And the very fact that the church is no longer influencing our culture but is instead being influenced by the culture proves that many in the church have found religion but are not actively seeking a personal, life-giving relationship with the Savior.
But the good news is that we can! We can have all that Jesus died to give us–
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you” (Psalm 63:3-5).
So how can we have this life that satisfies and fulfills us in every way? I’m glad you asked.
Surrender your life completely to the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m not talking about a church membership; I’m talking about humbling yourself before the King of kings, acknowledging that He is God and that you are surrendering yourself to His authority. Give up the right to rule your own life. You’re probably not doing so great at it anyway.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
Seek the Lord every single day of your life through prayer, worship, and the reading of God’s Word. Get to know the Lord and His love for you. Confess your sins to Him every day and turn away from a sinful lifestyle. He will empower you through His Spirit.
“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
Ask God how He wants to use you in this world to make a difference for His glory and His kingdom. And then run after the things of God with all your heart. You’re gonna run after something in this life–run after what is real and not the fantasy that Satan keeps dangling in front of you. You will never be more fulfilled than when you are serving others and running your race for Christ.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).
Take all your questions and problems to the Lord. Don’t let the enemy convince you that God doesn’t care when the world is dark and confusing. Be the light. You may not have all the answers, but you can worship and pray your way to victory.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
God has so much more for us if we will pursue Him instead of the world. What are you chasing? Are you searching for answers and fulfillment in the things of this world, or are you walking by faith in the promises of our amazing God? Only a surrendered life that seeks Jesus daily will walk in peace and security, fully at rest and satisfied at His feet. What the world sees as weakness, God sees as power. Staying surrendered is staying in a position of power and victory.
Jesus is pursuing each one of us for Himself. “He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out” (John 10:3).
He’s calling your name. Will you run after Jesus? If so, make this song your prayer.