The Height of Life

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I don't know why I've never thought of it before. For years, since the day I was born, really, I've been searching for life. I've looked in every nook and cranny in the entire city of Clemson, and I've always known that true life comes in Jesus Christ. Why, then, do I discount the privileges I have as a child of God? Why do I keep telling myself that I'm on my own? Why do I keep enduring instead of living?

When you're accepted into God's kingdom, when you let Jesus into your heart, a whole new way of life becomes available to you. You are no longer bound by the chains of society's discontentment. You no longer have to search far and wide to find life because you've already found it. In Jesus Christ we find the purest, truest form of joy and contentment. We indeed find the height of life. And if you're all of a sudden bored by the thought of God's word, if you think you'll find something better out there, it's not because Jesus is no longer satisfying; it's because you're not searching hard enough.

Jeremiah 29:13 says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." God knows when we're only seeking him half-heartedly. And when you're only half-way seeking, you're not really seeking at all. With God, you're either for him or against him. There is no in-between faith. It's all or nothin', baby -- if you're not in, you're out.

Jesus isn't Santa Claus. You cannot simply pray, Make me a good person, please, and poof! you're a saint. The very design of God's grace that is given so freely is that we'll be motivated to seek the Lord and to live for him, because God's grace is not only saving grace but transforming grace. Every day of our Christian lives we are being transformed and sanctified. Every day God helps us overcome sin a little more, love him a little more, and exhibit godly traits a little better. And when we stop seeking, we stop finding. So, Christian, if you all of a sudden find yourself discontent with God, do not blame him. The problem, I believe, is that you've stopped seeking him, so, naturally, you're not finding him.

It was with this very thought that I decided to try and really seek God. So on Monday afternoon I pulled up a podcast episode (basically just a free sermon from apple), and what God chose to reveal to me that day was so amazing. See, I thought that I'd get the nourishment I'd need from this podcast, that this guy could tell me everything I needed to know, and I'd have to put in no effort whatsoever. And, as usual, I was wrong

Francis Chan was speaking to some Filipinos, basically telling them that he was about to preach the gospel to them. Before he did, though, he told them this: one day, everyone will see God, Christian or not, so you better know what you believe and why you believe it. Don't just take someone's word for it -- dig deep. Look into the word for yourself and study it like there's no tomorrow. He used the example of the Bereans in Acts 17: "Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so." Your very life depends upon the gospel you believe, so make sure you know what you believe and why you believe it.

And this, I've found, is the height of life. When we're pursuing God, his word, and the life he has for us, we find the most fulfillment and purpose. Yes, the world will look down on us, but our reward is an eternal one. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says, "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."

That is our goal, y'all: the eternal weight of glory waiting for us, the voice of Jesus when he says, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." Keep searching, and I promise, you'll find him, and in him true life and love.

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