January 22, 2008

Possessions

It is human nature never to be satisfied with what we have and to desire more. We are human, and human nature says to focus on ourselves and to make sure we are happy and have everything “WE NEED.” Can we really find true happiness in material possessions? Can that new car or new house really make us happy? In fact, it can, but only for a moment. Then we are off looking for the next new thing to bring us real pleasure.

I think we can all name at least one person that has had everything his or her heart could ever desire and still he or she has yet to find true satisfaction in any of it. We spend money on material things and find ourselves getting lost in the need for more. For some it may be a want for fame, entertainment, the right clothes, the bigger home, the newer car, the right membership. Maybe it is even more knowledge, higher income, more friends, better titles, finer foods or the right look. However, the temporary disguised satisfactions only fade and leave us dissatisfied. They even can become our gods in that the desires for them reign over us. In the end, even though subtly, they destroy our marriages, witnesses, relationships, finances and ultimately our lives. Our insatiable materialist desires and unhealthy worship of them have their source in the one who purposely comes to steal, kill and destroy.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”
John 10:10

There is only one light in the world that will permeate our hearts with the satisfaction we so long for in this world. His name is Jesus Christ and His desire is to have a personal relationship with each of us.

“…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12

He wants to saturate that empty void in our hearts. Our efforts to buy things, meet new people, try new jobs, explore new activities will always be in vain and will still leave us feeling empty. The longer we search the more obsessed we become with stuff and it becomes harder to recognize our need for a Savior.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…”
Titus 2:11-12

Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for us when He died on the cross so that if we choose to believe in Him will one day spend eternity in Heaven and be complete. His blood covered the sins of everyone in this world and He so desires to fill that place in our hearts. His desire is to have a personal, intimate relationship with each one of us and in that, we will find fullness of life and be truly blessed.

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”
John 10:10

Once we have given our lives to Christ and have been filled with the Holy Spirit we recognize that He is the only one thing that will ever satisfy our souls. The hunger we mistakenly feed with material possessions will finally be quenched, and we will then know the abundant life He has promised for us.


Written by Nicole

1 comment:

  1. Footsteps in the sand....January 23, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    I couldn't agree more. It seems that there are so many lost souls in this world that feel the need to fill their 'empty' lives with material goods. And as these material things quickly lose their luster, these souls refill the void with other material wants. So much hope and faith can be destroyed through our "Walmart philosophy"!!!!!! Let's hope that those in need see this message. And to those who think that are impervious to this message, 'wake up and smell the manna...'.

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