Jason’s message this past Sunday started with a look at Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied ... and then a question: How many of us were dissatisfied, unsettled, anxious or fearful about life. Our world, including the church, has way to many people living fear filled lives, anxious people, people who like the 70’s song lyric “...can’t get no satisfaction”. This is not what God intends for His people. So why are so many living like dead men walking; joyless, unsatisfied, and bearing little or no fruit in their lives; what’s the problem?
Jason asked us to consider John 11:25. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.” One possible cause is that while all Christians are glad to accept Jesus’ provision of salvation, far too many fail to go on to walk in the “Life” that comes with our salvation. Too many that consider themselves Christians are really only interested in meeting the minimum entrance requirements to get into heaven and have no interest in fully following Jesus as His disciple. Another possible cause is living a life that focuses and pursues something other than a simple, focused, obedient relationship with Jesus.
Many of the substitutes are good things; bible study, church attendance, giving and serving in a church, or keeping a man made list of does and don’ts.
Jason exhorted us to remember Jesus came to give us life, abundant life and asked us if we want to feel alive again. Fully alive like we felt when we first trusted in Christ. Not many hands went up when the question was asked but I bet a lot of us were quietly saying yes in our hearts.
We will not find satisfaction in anything less than a growing interactive walk with Jesus. Our focus and priority needs to be knowing, trusting and obeying Jesus in our everyday walking around lives. We sang a hymn which encourages a good path to satisfaction in our lives regardless of current circumstances:
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
8/14/2013 10:28:02 am
I am amazed today. This morning pastor Ron posted a music video on facebook. The message I took from it was that when bad things happen in your life, they are not meaningless. They have a purpose. Things like cancer at 40, a car careening onto the sidewalk and killing a family member and so on. I know first hand that they do indeed have meaning and serve a purpose in my life.
8/15/2013 09:02:34 am
Once again Verne's comments just bless my heart abundantly!
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