Thursday, October 8, 2015

All This and Heaven Too?


I read this devotional by Craig Groeschel from his sermon series "#struggles" and it was so inspiring that I wanted to post it on my blog for my kids to read one day. I imagine technology is only going to continue in its advances and demand more and more of our attention. Praying I remember that only One Person truly satisfies! Sure, the pleasures of life (like getting to walk to the Harbor with my handsome hunny for Fajitas and Margaritas☺️) are super fun for a little while...but like Chaps Griffin preached recently, "they leave you wanting more- the thirst is never quenched. We need to be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Living Water...Jesus and The Bible." Here's the Devo:

"In the pursuit of fulfillment in life, technology and social media allow you to capture every moment along the way. You’re not only on the fast track to success, but you get to show selfies at each lap along the way. Which only confirms how up-to-the-nano-second cool you are.

So get the biggest data plan you can, and collect wi-fi passwords at every stop. Check in at all the cool places. Share every inspirational thought you have, and every joke. Snap lots of pics. Get video clips, too, of course. And never stop uploading the whole show to the Cloud as you go.

Post everything online for the whole world to see. Pile up Likes and Friends and Followers until it’s all just one frenzied blur. Hustle until your real life exceeds your dreams. And finally, once you’ve reached the summit, I can guarantee you this one thing: your longing for more never stops. Like the latest technology, your achievements are outdated overnight.

Why? How could that be possible?

Because you were not created for earth. You were created for eternity. And there is nothing on this earth that can ever satisfy that spiritual longing you feel inside—even if you can collect it all.

Nothing.

When I was a teenager, years before I knew Christ, I would hear people say, “God makes a Christ-shaped void inside every person.” I remember that saying annoying me. I remember not understanding what they were talking about. But then one day I learned for myself why they said it: because it is absolutely true. Nothing outside of a living relationship with Christ can ever fill the emptiness of that ache inside your heart.

Your scavenger hunt for success will never be enough. Christ is what you’re searching for. He is your source. He is your strength. He is your sustainer. He is your joy. He is your contentment. He is your all and all. He’s everything that matters.

When Christ is all you have, you’ll finally realize that Christ is all you need.

 

Christ. Is. All. You. Need.

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