The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)
One of the truths about Jesus that I love sharing to people whenever I share the Gospel is the promise of full life.
I love sharing this truth because I am a living testimony of how Jesus transformed my life from nothing into something meaningful. Like the Ephesians, I was once dead to my transgressions and sins but now I am made alive in Christ. I was reminded of this truth once again yesterday, during the Sunday service.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:1-7 NIV
A friend once told me that we live in the most stressful generation, and I totally agree with her. It’s very evident with the increasing number of people who find the need to travel a lot, drink and be merry every weekend or even find a meaningful just to unwind from work-related stress or whatever troubles they are experiencing in life. Actually, I used to envy people who can just easily pack their bags and go somewhere else every weekend whenever they want to.
But then God reminded me to look at the motives and reasons why most people live the way they live now. These people are looking for something that will give meaning and satisfaction to their lives and they are looking for it in other things except from God. So when I realized this, my envy has turned into compassion because I know that no matter how hard try to fill their lives with things, experiences, work, hobbies, and even people, they will never experience the full life that God has originally designed for us, unless they turn to Jesus.
Sure they will feel happy after visiting every destination, or after partying with friends over the weekend, or even doing something that they are passionate about, but these will never give them a lasting joy and peace. After every travel, partying or whatever activity they do, they will still have to go back to their respective workplaces and face the reality of life which remains the same after they left it.
What they need is Someone who will give them a spring of living water who will satisfy their hunger and thirst for something, who is actually Jesus Himself. As what Agustine of Hippo has said, the human heart is restless until it finds itself in God.
That is why every person need Jesus. Actually, Jesus is all we need to break the cycle of looking and finding the meaning of life. Once we finally meet Him, we will realize that we don’t need much to feel happy and contented because He can meet us right where we are.
This is also the reason why lately I realized that travelling or doing my favorite hobby is no longer appealing to me. I no longer feel stressed and tired all the time because I’ve learned how to find rest in God. The time I spent with Gid every morning and the ministry that God has entrusted to me which seemingly looks tiring, are the very reasons why I don’t feel stressed. Jesus is now my life and the source of lasting joy and peace.
If you’re feeling tired, restless and empty, maybe Jesus is nudging you to go back to Him and receive His free gift of life.