Many of those in the meet and greet line said, ‘I was curious about Jesus. I wanted to know more about Jesus. Because the world isn’t giving me what it promised’. – Clayton Jennings
What is it that the world promises, exactly? Love? Riches? Happiness? I believe that the world (especially the Western world) has promised us all of these things. We live in a time and a place where the world says, “You want happiness? Just reach out and grab it. Follow your wildest desires, and then you will finally be happy”. In this day and age, we follow every dream, desire, and yearning we’ve ever had and yet divorce, depression, and suicide rates have risen higher than ever in the last 50 years.
The world tells us that following all of our desires is good and healthy. If you deny or try to push away any of your desires, it’s “unhealthy” and you’re suppressing yourself. The world says it’s ok to go party until you black out. The world says it’s healthy to hook up with and sleep with as many people as you want – you’re expressing your sexuality. It’s all experience…or at least a really good story in the morning.The world says it’s ok to get high, live it up, party like a rock star. The world tells us that living for your own pleasure is what will make you happy. And yet how many times do the rock stars and celebrities check into rehab, die of a drug overdose, etc.? The people who have everything and live mostly for their own pleasure are the ones who are the most miserable. They who are admired by millions, make millions, and do whatever they please are the ones who are the most empty and hollow inside.
This is because the world does not give what it promises. The promises of the world are hollow and empty and will never truly satisfy the deep yearnings of our souls. Why? Because the yearnings of our souls are for something eternal, something higher than ourselves. That’s why we chase the elusive thing called Love (or what the world understands as love…more about that in another post). That’s why we constantly chase the newest iPad, phone, tablet, etc. We buy the object that the world has told us that we need to be happy, or at the very least make our lives really awesome. We use it and get all excited about it for a week or two, find out that it’s just ok, then put it aside for the next new thing. Somewhere deep down in our souls we realize that the stuff we buy is just temporal and in the end, pretty worthless. The happiness that we’re trying to find by chasing the latest fad can only truly be satisfied by One who is greater than the world. God is eternal. He is higher than us and He gives us purpose. All the things in the world we try to chase can’t give us our true purpose, they only keep us busy for a little while. God is all and in all. God fulfills all of His promises and none of them are ever empty. He has the Living Water we all need to fill our souls, and His well will never run dry.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. -1 Peter 1:18-19