I think everyone would agree that we all want to live satisfying lives. We all want to be happy an we all want to make the most of these years we have been given. Well today, allow me to share some scriptures that tell us how to achieve the lives we crave.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
This is your standard Sunday school bumper sticker verse. We tend to not think of how amazing it is because we have heard it so much. Let me remind you that this verse is AMAZING! It’s a big deal. God loved us so much He sent His Son to die for us so that by believing in Him we could escape destruction and instead have eternal life!
The word for eternal is pretty amazing as well. It means without a beginning or an end or never ceasing.
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
What is eternal life? Well, Jesus tells us. It is knowing God. Think about this. The more we know God the closer to Him we grow and more like Him we become. He makes life better. He made my life worth living when I thought I was done. He shows up and our situations change. He speaks and life is released. He loves us and it makes us better.
He didn’t just save us so that someday we can go to heaven and escape hell. He rescued us so that we could have a relationship with Him and enjoy our lives right here and now on earth!
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
I think this is the key to a satisfying life. Jesus. He tells us He is the bread of life. He is what satisfies. We are filled only in Him. We can look to countless other things to find meaning and satisfaction but we will always be left wanting and needing more. Jesus is the only one capable of filling the eternity sized holes in our hearts.
But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Speaking of bread, remember that time that Jesus was led out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil? After Jesus had not eaten in 40 days the devil tells him to turn the stones into bread and Jesus responds with the verse above. Bread… I think you can insert just about anything that this world has to offer us. Not all of the things that the world offers are bad, but we can not live by them alone. They will always leave us still hungry for more.
There is just something about the Word of the Lord. It fills the empty places. It tells us who we are and shows us how to live. When He speaks to us, it’s always profound and awesome that He would even think of us. But He thinks of us constantly! That’s what fills us! Knowing that there is a loving God who is always speaking over us.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Again, Jesus tells us that He came to give us abundant life. He comes and gives us direction and purpose. He fills our hearts and minds with joy and with peace. He makes us better and He makes us happy. Did you know that the word used for “blessed” in Psalms can also be translated as “happy?” So in Psalm 32:1 when it says,
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
We know that also means “happy is the one whose sins are forgiven!!” Do you want to be happy? Start celebrating the fact that your sins are covered by blood that is not your own!
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
In Him was life. I love that. In Jesus was life and that life was the light of men. It’s fantastic, isn't it? He’s the source of life. He created it and He gave it to us! Of course, He knows how to make the most of the life that He created. We can lean on Him. He’ll give us a great life!
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now, we see in a mirror dimly but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Now this is a new verse to me. I was sitting in my car a couple weekends ago and I was fighting anxious thoughts about a social setting I was about to walk into. I was worrying what people thought of me & how I would interact with them. My husband was being a bit of a butthead if I remember correctly and I went to 1 Corinthians 13 to look at all the ways he was failing to show me, love.
Haha. This is never a good idea. As I read the through the list of qualities that define love I released Him & I were tied in the unloving game we were playing that morning. I continued to read and verse 12 jumped out at me. Specifically “even as I have been fully known.”
I have been fully known. Isn’t that what we want? Isn't that why I was upset with my husband and probably why he was upset with me? Isn't that why I was worried about go to the social thing that would be filled with people I was convinced didn’t know me and didn’t want to know me?
Don’t we all want to be fully known? Fully known and fully accepted? That’s what we are. God fully knows us and yet He fully loves us. He knows every detail of our being. We are never misunderstood by Him. He knows us intimately and nothing about us scared Him. Nothing about who we are freaks Him out or tempts Him to be controlling. He knows us and He loves us. If that’s not satisfying, then you’re not fully understanding it yet. Ask the Lord to show you.
He knows you and He loves you anyway. He’s not angry or disappointed. He’s not discouraged or thinking about throwing in the towel. Your problems don't shake Him. Your mistakes don't disappoint or discourage Him. Your shame doesn’t dim or dent His love.
Do you want to live a satisfying life? Wake up every day and remind yourself of that truth! Bathe your mind every morning in the truth that you are fully known and fully accepted.
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