In this world that we are living, many people are convinced that we should live our lives around the comforts of satisfaction brought by fame, wealth and world’s expectations.
In the field of Science, every scientists and researchers are giving all their best to satisfy the advancement of our technology. In our Environment, we have thousands of environmental advocates who are willing to spend the rest of their lives saving Mother Earth. In our Economy, many businessmen are giving all their best every second of their lives just to get the market exchange on its best standing; and at the same time satisfying their consumers. In our Society, our Law makers, Policemen and Armies are working hard hand-in-hand for the excellent fulfillment of every law that will make this country satisfied.
Not just that, when we eat at restaurants, there are these people who are making every single effort to satisfy our hunger. Inside school campuses, there are Teachers who are passionate to give us every important lesson that will satisfy our minds. And here, reading this blog, are people who are looking for that place where they will be satisfied.
Isn’t that obvious? All of us are living a life that is seems to be 3searching the unseen and wanting to be satisfied. Did it ever crossed your mind that maybe we are left to this state because God wants us seek Him all the days of our lives?
But Sadly, They re looking for answer in wrong places. They thought that maybe what is seen can satisfy them. There are people who live in lined with what the world expects them to be and end up believing that if they pursue what they normally see in this world, they will find true satisfaction.
Living our lives around what the world expects us to be could be fatal. We end up pressured and anxious because not all of us are fortunate in the world’s race. That frustration should have convict us that it is not the right place where we will find what can truly satisfy us.
You can be the most expert traveler who’ve been in hundreds of countries across the globe but end up unsatisfied with your expedition. You can be a multimillionaire but end up not spending every money you have after you died. You can be just like Magellan who wanted to prove Portugal what they have neglected, but still end up defeated on a battle.
The more you spend your life around fame, wealth and in this world’s expectation, the more you’ll lose your soul to nothing, and the greater are your chances to end up worthless and unsatisfied.
“What good is it if someone gains the whole world but loses his own soul?” –Mark 8:36
You can be somebody now, but end up nothing. Go, make yourself rich, but it will only leave you longing for something more. You will only live your life satisfying your greediness.
Money can never make you truly satisfied for it can be lost in a blink of an eye. Your house can be burned down in minutes. Your gadgets can be stolen. Your life can even be snatched away from you instantly. Every thing you have can be lost by just a single moment. So, how can we win this game then? Who can outsmart the patterns of the world if that is the common game plan of those who love fame and wealth? Simple. Don’t pursue what the world expects you to be.
Fame can’t be the true source of satisfaction because if it is, Cleopatra and Marilyn Monroe could have never committed suicide. Wealth can’t give you true happiness, too because if it is, there could have been no high divorce rate among the elites. But when you observe the lives of poor people, you can see pure happiness even though most of them are living in poverty.
In fact, most of them are positive enough that they can make it the next day without even taking regular meals. Interview some farmers who live all their lives in a small town, and you will mostly hear good things about their lives despite all the sufferings they have been through. Compare that to those who live in the cities who spend all their lives living to the expectation of their companies, and you can hear mostly grumblings and curses although their wages are higher than those who work in the farm.
How can that thing be possible? Easy logic. The lower you see yourself in the sight of God, the greater are your chances of living with an awe-filled experience with the LORD despite all the afflictions. Those people who are living in the poverty line are more convinced that God exists and He is the only one who can satisfy them. You know why? Their lives show that they can never depend on the things that this world can offer. Consider the churches in Macedonia that Apostle Paul mentioned in 2 Corinthians 8:1-15:
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor[ of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 6 Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. 7 But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
8 I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 10 And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. 11 So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 15 As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”
Although they only have less, they still offer gifts to other Christians because they know they’ll find joy in obeying God that way. Genuine satisfaction don’t come from wealth and fame; the lives of the Christians in Macedonia proves that. The more satisfied you are in God, the more you give something to others because you know that earthly things can never satisfy you.
Only God can satisfy the deepest longing of the heart. He’s the answer to the common question of man: ‘Where will my soul be ever truly satisfied?’ Your loved ones can make you happy, but when someone from them died, that superficial happiness can be lost, too. Your soul will long for more than what your eyes can see. You realized you still have never found the greatest treasure.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. – Matthew 13:44
In God, true joy springs up, and when joy is there, you know you will be satisfied.
You then enjoy living life in Him with lesser care about what the world expects you to be. You consider everything as loss and cry out with Apostle Paul:
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. –Philippians 3:7-11
Your true worth is magnified in God. The more you treasure Him in your life, the more happy you will be even if your body is aching because of an illness. You find satisfaction in Him although you have nothing else but Jesus.
Don’t conform to the patterns of this world and the comforts it gives which are nothing but fake satisfaction. The saints are expected to go against the flow because we know that in God our souls are satisfied. Leave all things behind and treasure God above all else!
God bless you, reader! 🙂