Eternal Joy

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If what Christ has offered us is eternal joy in him, then why do we chase after things that never sustain us? The world teaches us to run towards materialism. It tells us to run after things that will never last.  And this doesn’t just have to apply to materialistic things, it can be a person as well. Let me be extremely transparent with you: I would love to have a wife in my life, and, sometimes, feel envious towards the people who do have a significant other. Yes, God does desire for me to have a wife someday (Proverbs 18:22), but I would be a fool to think that a woman is going to complete me. Let’s take another example: Remember when the smart phone first hit the market. Didn’t it promise us a less complicated life? Well, technology’s evolution has led to more anxieties than ever. The smart phone was invented to make our lives less complex and save us time out of our busy schedules, but it has done the complete opposite. Sadly, I think we have become slaves to our smart phones; you can hardly go to any social gathering without seeing people’s eyes glued to their smart phones. Once we’ve had it for a little bit, we’re looking to get the next upgrade. It has promised to make us feel more complete. But it is all a lie, nothing this world offers will give you a complete satisfaction.

These are just a few examples, and there are many more to prove how the worldly things do not sustain.

So what does sustain us?

I think it’s obvious that the human soul is constantly seeking for something that will give it life and make it feel more complete. We live our lives seeking the “next best thing.” But as we can see, no worldly thing can satisfy what the human soul is deep down searching for.

It’s simple as this: we were made for our creator, God. And that’s what the human soul was designed for. What if someone told you to never worry again in your life? It seems like an irrational statement to make, right? But this is what God is offering and revealing to us in his word. In a world that is clearly broken and filled with many disappointments, he is telling us to come to him, and he will give us a rest. (Matthew 11:28) He says that if we draw near to him, than he will draw near to us (James 4:8). There is a peace that is beyond all understanding when you know him (Philippians 4:7). In God’s presence, there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Psalms 16:11).

There will be many troubles in this world, and, unfortunately, many people have ended their own lives because they didn’t have anywhere else to look to, except for what this world offered. But God is telling us to look up to him because he’s wanting an intimate relationship, and he’s in the process of making all things new. What God offers us is an unbelievable invitation. He wants us to completely submit to him. Jesus has made it known that he doesn’t want a lukewarm Christian (Revelations 3:16).  Matter fact, lukewarmness and Christianity are mutually exclusive.  Jesus stepped out of Heaven and obeyed the Father through complete submission and joy. The reason why: because he knew the Father. He knew that God is good and is who he says he is!

Are Our Desires For God Too Weak?

C.S. Lewis said, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

He makes an excellent point. The Bible is not a book full of do’s and don’ts , instructing us how to live a better life. The Bible is God revealing himself to us. It’s revealing his character, his abounding, steadfast love and how he is rich in mercy. If the Bible were a list of do’s and don’ts, then none us of would qualify to get into Heaven in the presence of a holy God. We’re all sinners and have all fallen short (Romans 3:23). It’s impossible for us to live up to the standard of God’s holiness and perfection. But Jesus paid the price on the cross for our sins, and because of that, we’re able to abide in a relationship with God. There is no good thing apart from God. God is here to give us an abundant life through him. So why wouldn’t we want to be in a daily communion with the Lord?

Come All Who Are Thirsty?

As I stated earlier, we live in a world that offers us many things and looks very pleasing to the eye, but it will not sustain us. It is a lie that the enemy has been telling the world since the fall of all creation. What does sustain us and satisfy us is God. Do not put all your hope and joy into something than can be taken away from you in a second. Our supreme hope and joy should come from Christ! God has invited us in to an everlasting covenant with himself. This is where we find true life and eternal joy that the world just simply cannot offer. This sounds almost unbelievable. The creator of the universe wants a relationship, and the good news is that it’s absolutely true. We know this because of what happen on the cross over 2000 years ago. God is waiting, let’s enter in and completely submit ourselves for an eternal joy with our Holy God!

Isaiah 55:1-3

Is anyone thirsty?
    Come and drink—
    even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
    it’s all free!
Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
    Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
    You will enjoy the finest food.

“Come to me with your ears wide open.
    Listen, and you will find life.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you.
    I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.

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