Saturday, May 16, 2015

Finding Fulfillment!

In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death. (Prov. 12:28) 

The ad campaigns that come out of Madison Avenue promise much more than they can deliver. Their titillating messages fall into four categories:fortune and fame, power and pleasure. . . . 

Fortune. Fame. Power. Pleasure. The messages bombard us from every direction. But what's missing in all this? Stop and ask yourself that question. Isn't something very significant absent here? 

You bet. A vertical dimension. There's not even a hint of God's will or what pleases Him in the hard-core pursuit of success. Note also that nothing in that horizontal list guarantees satisfaction or brings relief deep within the heart. And in the final analysis, what most people really want in life is contentment, fulfillment, and satisfaction. 

Hope Again 

Here's the million dollar question. . . 

In whom or what do you find fulfillment? 

Do you find fulfillment in the fortune you acquired?
Do you find fulfillment in the fame you acquired?
Do you find fulfillment in the power you have? 
Is in pleasure you find fulfillment?

It's extremely easy to get swept up in our accomplishments. The current of our own accomplishments sweep us out into a world that is cultivated to pull us away from God and place an emphasis on self-fulfillment. It is when we stop contributing the fulfillment we experience to God when we become self-centered, self-absorbed, even self-righteous. 

As a US citizen, I happen to live in a culture that thrives on independence. Our independence is so highly valued, that it is highly encouraged to place the emphasis on self over everything and everyone else. There is one legitimate problem with that. Our independence sends a loud message to the rest of the world that we are in charge of our lives, not even God. 

In reality, only God can fulfill our deepest longings,desires, and any goals we have in life. Only God can fulfill that empty void that is in our hearts. Drugs, alcohol, money, smoking, and sex may be able to provide temporary fulfillment. Even a successful career or business can provide us with temporal fulfillment. But if those are the only things that we can find fulfillment in, then we are in serious trouble. All of those things will sooner or later not only pull us away from God, but pull us away from our loved ones. Finding fulfillment in anything and anyone but God is a recipe for disaster. 

Don't get me wrong, it's more than possible for God to bring people and things into our lives that can provide some measure of fulfillment because those people and things are instruments of God. Those people and things provide eternal value. Any person and thing that is directly connected to God in some way, shape, or form will enable us to find the fulfillment we desperately need. Once we have found our fulfillment in God and God alone, we will experience true and real contentment and satisfaction with our lives. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).