We are all familiar with the words to that old song which says "Looking for love in all the wrong places." Someone should have written a companion song which would say, "Looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places," for surely it appears that is what so many people are doing today.
Everybody wants to be happy. Everyone wants to feel that their life has meaning and that it really counts for something. In short, they want to have joy in their lives. Unfortunately, many do not know where to go or what to do to obtain that joy. They try to fill that God void with worldly things.
The psalmist David wrote in Chapter 16:11, "Thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore." David recognized that "fullness of joy" only comes by being in the presence of God.
Pastor Dan Inches
Jesus' own words in John 10:10 are "... I am come that they might have life and that they (you and I) might have it more abundantly." Jesus wants us to live a fulfilled life, an abundant life.
Many people have turned to drugs of one kind or another to try to find their high in life only to find that they have to keep taking them in higher doses or concentration because they don't last. They're not sustainable; not only this but oftentimes the results are disastrous and even deadly.
In the early 1970s some friends of ours cut their first record album, the title of which was simply, "Try Jesus." Friend, if you have tried everything else and you still fell that void in your life, may I suggest, try Jesus.
Reflections, a mini-sermon written by Minot and area clergy, will appear each Saturday in The Minot Daily News. Clergy interested in writing a mini-sermon should contact Religion Editor Loretta Johnson at 857-1952 or Debbie Sandvold at 857-1950. The toll-free number is 1-800-735-3229.
Jesus said in John 15:10-11, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love ... These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."
Jesus is saying, my joy is sustainable, my joy can remain in you as a constant.
Oh yes, one other thing, contrary to popular belief, you can't overdose on Jesus. There are no ill side effects, only eternal life in Christ.
Stop looking in all the wrong places. Try Jesus.