I have tried many different ways to live my life. I have tried partying, I have tried selfishness and I have tried the Christian walk. It wasn’t until I gave up trying and surrendered that I found A Life Worth Living.
The problem with me and probably with some of you, is that we don’t fully understand what it is that we are called to do when we become Christians. We are first lost (before becoming a Christian), wondering around this world doing anything and everything we can to find happiness or fulfillment. We strive for success in school, work, money and even our home life. All the while, knowing we are missing something, we just can’t put our finger on it. We jump from job to job, trying to find happiness or a need of worth in our careers, but all we end up with in the end is a pay check that does not do anything for us in respect to our eternal future. We search in money, trying to obtain the latest toys to keep up with our friends or family. But in the end, we are mostly left with debt we can’t pay or a coffin full of money that can’t pay for anything when you die. We marry and start a family thinking that the love from people will surely fill the emptiness in our hearts, because after all, the heart was made for love. Only to find ourselves in an unhappy marriage or most likely divorced, jumping from person to person. But the truth is the void or emptiness can’t be filled by any of the above.
The void in our lives and the fulfillment we as humans long for, can only come in the form of the One who put it there. You see, each of us walk this earth with a void in our hearts that was given to us when Adam and Eve sinned against God in the Garden of Eden. At the moment man was separated from God through sin, the moment that the void and emptiness was placed in our hearts. From that moment, mankind has been trying to fulfill the void. An emptiness left to draw us to the One who created us and the One who longs to have a relationship with us. But even as Christians we still strive for worldly fulfillment and status. Why? Why do we continue striving for things that don’t matter a bit to our eternal home? Why do we care about what car we drive, how much money we make or how big our houses are? The answer, our eyes are still set on the world and not on our eternal destination. Wow, that is a bold statement, is probably what you are thinking, right? Take this short test. Do you worry about the car your drive? Do you worry about how many vacations you can afford to go on? Do you worry about what your friends or family think about your house? How about how you dress? Okay, so how do we find this fulfillment even as Christians? How do we find A Life Worth Living?
The answer is probably the easiest answer of all, but yet the hardest to obtain. Not because it is really that hard physically, but because if you are like me, you are a control freak. The answer to finding A Life Worth Living is SURRENDER!
It is not until we fully surrender to our creator, the One who has designed us for a specific purpose, do we find true fulfillment. You see God created each one of us for a specific purpose when He gave us life. And there is no way you will ever truly be happy or fulfilled until you can find out what that is. We spend so much time and energy trying to obtain our own goals and desires, that we completely miss out on the unbelievable blessing God has for our lives. We are to busy and distracted by the enemy, to take the time to find out what that pulling is in our hearts. And if you are honest, you know what I am talking about. If we would spend half the time we do watching our favorite sitcom or sports team, and spend it in true one on one time with God and His Word, we could find it. God wants you to have all the blessings that He has for you, but it comes by choosing Him. There is a reason He tells us to “Seek first the Kingdom of God”. Am I saying that you are not to enjoy this life or watch sports or a good comedy? No! I am saying that we need to put those things in order and make God a priority, rather than a secondary thought. We put everything in front of God and still expect Him to pour out His will and blessing upon us and that is not how it works… trust me.
So how do we truly surrender to God and His authority on our lives and find A Life Worth Living? Truly surrender comes when we realize we can’t do a thing without God. It comes when we fully commit ourselves to Him and make His will and His specific purpose for our lives our own. It comes when we are willing to give up everything to follow Him (not that He will specifically ask you to do that, but if He does, you would). True surrender comes when we say, “okay God, I give it all to you, everything I am, everything I own, every part of me, every last inch, it’s all yours!”
17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[d]” 20“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is[e] to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” 28Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!” 29“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” ~ Mark 10: 17-31
It is in that moment and in His will, we find A Life Worth Living. And it is in that moment we align our will with His. It is in that moment when we find the peace that goes beyond words. Will our lives be without trouble or conflict? Will we be without doubt or trials? Will everything run smoothly? The answer is no! But here is what you can be sure of. Your heart will be filled with love, your desires will be not of your own, but rather of His, and your treasures will be stored into a eternal savings account that awaits you in your eternal home.. Heaven. And you will receive the greetings of all greetings when you get there, when you hear our heavenly Father say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”
That is A Life Worth Living and a Reward Worthy Receiving!
Challenge: Are you still trying to live your life with worldly goals and desires? If so, I would strongly encourage you to lay them down and seek the goals and desires of the One who created you for a specific purpose. Build your treasures in Heaven, that bring a eternal return, rather than treasures of this world that die when you do!
Prayer: Father, we come to you know Lord and ask you to forgive us of our selfish worldly desires. Father, we ask that you will place before us your Will and your desires for our lives as we lay ours down. We ask that you take everything we are and everything we have and use it to glorify you and to build your Kingdom. Amen