Deep satisfaction isn’t our culture’s strong suit. We’re captivated by the pursuit of more — more shows, more money, more connections. The thing is, followers of Jesus have been invited to leave that all behind. He was bold enough to call himself “the way, the truth, and the life…” Do we have the boldness to take him up on that?
Before we see Jesus for who he truly is, we go searching for satisfaction everywhere we can; in unhealthy relationships, at the bottom of bottles, our income, through self-serving good works, and etc. In relationship with Jesus we experience fulfillment that we can’t find anywhere else. Being known and loved by Him, and helping Him extend that love to the people around us is the very thing we were created for, and leads to a level of contentment that always seemed out of our grasp.
Read this together: Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Do you find you’re wrestling with a deep sense of discontentment? What is competing for your attention and affections? How is the work of Jesus more compelling than your emptiness?
What should satisfied people do?
Just like any worthwhile relationship, we spend time with Jesus because we want to encounter him, and to experience life together. As we do so, our eyes are opened to the King and Kingdom that are so good.
Here’s the thing about becoming a person satisfied in Jesus: we have the capacity to care for others. In the past, we were trying to care from a place of emptiness. Turns out you can’t give what you don’t have.
Bonus BIble to digest this week:
Ecclesiastes 5:10, Ecclesiastes 1:8, Psalm 63, Philippians 3:7-9; Psalm 73:25-26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 3:18
Desiring God — John Piper
Counterfeit Gods — Tim Keller