Last year most adults in our church accepted Christ for one reason.
They wanted more.
Either they achieved their goal and still were left empty or they felt as if they were falling behind. Either way they desired more than what life was giving them.
One of the most interesting pieces of any religion is simply it’s answer to the heart’s desire for satisfaction.
Many who explore religion actually do so quite logically. It isn’t blind, but rather the natural step that is driven by a hunger.
What do you do when you achieve the job you wanted? Are you now complete? How about when you finish the degree you were working for, or marry the person of your dreams, or lose the weight you thought would make you look good? Are you now complete? Everyone begins by answering “yes” until they realize they are not yet whole or that the object of their affection lacks the ability to satisfy this mysterious hunger that still resides. Maybe it’s better described as unsettled, or a searching. Eventually all land in the same place, still unsatisfied.
Malcom Muggeridge, the famous British journalist, says it well:
“It is difficult to resist the conclusion that 20th century man has abolished himself. Tired of the struggle to be himself he has created boredom out of his own influence, impotence out of his own erotomania, and vulnerability out of his own strength. He himself blows the trumpet that brings the walls of his own cities crashing down until at last having educated himself into imbecility, having drugged and polluted himself into stupefaction, he keels over a weary, battered, old brontosaurus and becomes extinct.”
Ancient King Solomon equally says it well:
“I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”
It’s not that another degree, marriage, or raise doesn’t bring momentary happiness, absolutely they do! Yet it isn’t just a quick pleasure that we desire, it’s to feel complete. Most who try and succeed in their earthly endeavors begin to realize that along with their success is this ever growing awareness that it isn’t fully working. Then, as Muggeridge states, many begin to drown this realization with sedatives. It’s almost as if they state, “If I cannot feel complete I choose to not feel at all.”
What if there is more?
Jesus Christ stands far above other religions. It’s not a story of man trying to create purpose or build towards it. It’s perfect purpose coming to man.
This my friends is what Easter is truly about. A way made for people to find endless, boundless, deeply fulfilling more. I challenge you to go to church and honestly and openly explore the wild and beyond realistic claims of Christ. After all, His story wouldn’t be amazing if it didn’t stand apart from every other man’s story. It’s the wonder of the story that makes it so wonderful.
Who knows? As you gaze into the empty tomb you may find it filled with everything you have been looking for.
If you have found more in Christ share this with a friend!
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