Here you are. Here. Right now. Alive. Existing.
You're here, somewhere on Earth, and you want something. Success. Happiness. Recognition. Wealth. Knowledge. Fame. Experience. Peace. You're working towards attaining something, anything. Perhaps you get it. You get the job, the relationship, the phone. You run the marathon, win the lottery, finish the diet.
How do you feel? Satisfied? Or is there an itch? Maybe that thing wasn't as rewarding as you thought it was going to be. You want something else. You want more.
You're certain that there's more to be had, but you're not sure what it is.
You're searching for that elusive thing - that moment in the future when you'll finally have everything you've wanted and have achieved every goal you've set. You're hoping that it comes soon so that you can get on with being entirely fulfilled and completely happy.
What if it never comes? You feel like you're getting closer and closer but it's always just over the horizon. It's like there's a constant itch in your life. The feeling that something is missing. The feeling that there must be something more to be taken from life. Surely this isn't all there is? Surely this isn't it?
You keep it to yourself.
You don't want to risk asking the question for fear of the response. For fear of the damage to your reputation, the potential for rejection by everyone else. You don't want to rock the boat. But maybe they've got the same itch as you. Maybe they have the same thoughts as you, the same doubts, the same fears.
Perhaps everyone is under a shared silence, filling every second with entertainment and experience, looking to the future for happiness and fulfilment, hungry for more and more but never full. Desperately trying to ignore the emptiness, never stopping to just think. Just stop, stop everything, and think.
Our deepest needs and longings can't be fulfilled by attaining something temporary - physically, emotionally or experientially.
They can't be satisfied by accumulating more possessions, relationships, or achievements. They can't be satisfied by anything with an expiry date. That itch you feel when you're alone and quiet and thinking about life, that hunger for purpose and identity is evidence that deep down you know that something temporary will never be enough. You know that there must be something bigger than you, something eternal.
That eternal thing is God.
We need something eternal to satisfy us ultimately. We need to be in relationship with the One who made us to find true fulfilment, identity and purpose. We need to know God.
Jesus Christ, God on Earth as a man, changed everything.
He lived a life without fault, and then He gave it up. He was more than just a good person, a good teacher, a moral man. He said Himself that He was the only way to God. No other path, no other way. There is no greater message to be heard than the message He brings.
It addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God exists, He is perfect, and I am not. At the end of my life, I’m going to stand before this perfect God. I'm going to have to stand and try and be acceptable to Him through the things that I've done or the things that someone else has done for me.
There is only one person who has ever lived that could present a perfect life acceptable to God. That person was Jesus Christ. He came, He lived it, and He died to give it up for those who ask for it. So that instead of having to stand and present their imperfect life, Jesus stands in their place. This is love.
The extraordinary news is that Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for those who put their trust in Him. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the requirements of God.
God isn't a wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead.
The Bible makes it clear that we are not made right by our works, not by our efforts, not by our performance, but by faith – and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him – and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared pure by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven.
This brief collection of words is hopelessly inadequate when measured against the magnitude of its topic. It is entirely insufficient and leaves many questions unanswered. The Bible, God’s word, does have the answers. Start in the book called ‘Luke’. It will change your life.
There is Something More.