Once in a while I hear a question that makes God, Jesus and Christianity so real, so concrete, so clear. An example is this question asking me who I thought Jesus was. Based on what Jesus claimed, was He honest and therefore is the Son of God and Savior of all mankind…or was he a liar and a madman?
You see, with this question, there really isn’t any in-between answer. Based on who He said He was, either you believe Him or not. If you don’t believe He is the Son of God, then His claims are lunacy. In fact, as a psychiatrist, I have confined some delusional or manic individuals who made claims to be God, Jesus, the Antichrist, a select and powerful angel, or the Chosen One.
So, I will ask you a similar question. Do you believe in the eternity promised by God and delivered by Jesus Christ? If your answer is yes, then I say Halleluiah! If your answer is no…well then, life must feel like a continuous series of one-night stands.
Essentially, you are running from person to person, object to object, and event to event, engaged in a mad quest to find happiness, value, and connection…the desires of your heart. But without God you are coming up empty, then eagerly going to the next hot prospect. Disappointment prevails. You know the frustration and letdown of one-night stands: momentary highs followed by heartache and rejection. Ongoing chasing and coming up short. Just constant teases; never the deep, lasting romance we crave. How sad is that?
Today, think of spending your days as a string of commitments leading to God’s promise of eternity. Make God your exclusive God by choosing a life-long commitment to Him and His truth. When you are all-in with Him, He delivers the desires of your heart and you won’t waste time on one-night stands. I lived that life and wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father God, Most of my life has been a string of disjointed pursuits. I had no beliefs, never thought I would change. But today, Lord, by Your Grace, I try and build each day upon the one before it, all with the expressed purpose of pleasing You…reveling in spending eternity with You. Help me keep this focus, Lord. I pray in the name of the one You sent to deliver eternity to me, Jesus Christ; And all God’s children say – AMEN!
Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.