My friend – let’s call him Mark – has been through the buffet of belief systems. He’s tried them all, including different expressions of Christianity, atheism, even a bit of Satanism. Like most of us, he’s just a guy with issues trying to find some answers.
What is Mark’s conclusion so far? He is still looking.
As the classic U2 song goes, Mark still hasn’t found what he’s looking for. He wants to find it but, like a leaf blowing in the wind, it evades him. None of the philosophies or worldviews he has encountered so far seem to engage him for more than a few weeks. He gets bored easily and none of them have kept his attention.
Growing more and more desperate, Mark is beginning to give up hope.
But from our last conversation, I can tell that Mark is open to taking another look at Christianity. In retrospect, he is wondering now if maybe his first introduction to Jesus wasn’t under the best of terms. Since it was kind of forced on him, maybe he didn’t really get it. Or maybe the timing wasn’t right.
A Christian worldview would say we all have a God-sized shape within our souls…a place in the core of our being in which only God can fit. Try as we may to force other things into that space, they will not fill the gap. Be it social status, sex, money, or material things, nothing else can substitute for a relationship with the One who created us.
David echoes this belief in Psalm 62, where he says:
5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
David was convinced there was only one God worthy of his trust, so he put all his apples in that basket. The search was over. He found the One he was looking for, or better yet, the One he was looking for found him.
How about you? Are you still looking, or have you settled it? By faith, have you embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ? Have you personally invited Jesus into your life to do what only He can do for you and be what only He can be? He stands ready to do so, but He will only come on your invitation – not by force.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. -Paul, I Timothy 2:5
There’s an office door at our church that was locked by mistake and we cannot seem to find the key. It’s out there somewhere. One of the items on my to-do list today is to go through a whole cluster of keys one-by-one to see if just maybe…
So many keys, but only one that fits.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.