Yes, Thanks for sharing this video Joshua.
Q: The first question: What is that one thing that if you had a bit more of it, you would be content or happy? Why is it so easy to think along these lines?
For me, it was always about the next big thing or even a little thing that I may think that I want more of such as love or more stuff. These desires can continue beyond my reasoning or evidential fact showing these things do not satisfy those longings. Looking around this world I see many things “broken” and I see many trying to fix them by championing a certain cause or interest. Many things cry out for our attention to satisfy whatever we desire, are curious or have an interest in.
One of the reasons that I believe it so easy to think along these lines essentially is that we are not alone in this world, at least not all the time. We are heavily influenced by others whether we believe it or not. In many countries, we live in a digital age and many connect in some way to others online. Also, data is gathered, and we have files collected that target our interests to manipulate us to spend money or resources toward products or ideas.
In Christian theology, those influences that cause us to seek satisfaction apart from God, and are the enemies of the followers of Christ are: The world, the flesh, and the devil . Jesus promises to set us free from the power of these influences or from what the bible calls our sinful nature. This freedom from the power of the sinful nature does not mean we will live a perfect life here on earth. As a Christian, Jesus prepares us for eternal life. We have free will and may focus on this world,and the immediate. However, as Christians, we have a helper, the Holy Spirit, to help us navigate through this life and find our fulfillment in Jesus and our new life in Him.
Q: In a world that sets its sights so low, how might we share the good news that Jesus is more committed to our ultimate joy than we are ourselves?
** Be an example **- As Christians, our lives reflect God’s love and God’s light in us, and people will see something different. We have the power to live in the Joy of the Lord no matter what our outward circumstances may be.
** Be available ** Say Yes to whatever the Lord asks. Reach out with words or deeds that the Holy Spirit guides you to do or say. You may be sowing a seed or reaping a soul ripe for the harvest.
** Be Engaged with others ** Obviously, many are treading water right now just to survive- many dealing with nightmare logistics and many are frenetically paced and crazy busy. But, Just take a moment to engage with a neighbor, listen or have a conversation at school, work or at a store. (that’s perhaps one main reason that we are here at RZIM- to learn how to do this better).
Jesus IS the only one who will satisfy everyone’s needs . He promises us much more than we can ask for or think. First, we must make sure that we are HIS, and, remain (abide) in Him, only then can we genuinely love others and reach out effectively to the world around us.