’ Take hold of life that is truly Life’ These words struck a deep chord in my heart… they are profound.
Before I make my comments I would like to say that I am grateful for this video for through it I became a member of this community.
These are my thoughts on the topic:
The words by Paul really speak life to my heart.
I struggle understanding why people don’t realise that their efforts, pleasures and all that’s of them is futile. I don’t know how they hold on to that which is not true or lasting.
Yet I wonder,
Why do I experience the emptiness and awful void when I get caught up in my own strivings and it seems others don’t have the same experience?
Why do I feel deadness in a sermon because, maybe, there is so little they say about Jesus and yet when I try explaining to others it seems strange and unrelatable to them? From which well do they draw from and don’t they realise there is something amiss or doesn’t add up?
This further leads me to wonder why a sermon that impacted my life so profoundly doesn’t spark the same fire in others (though, not all)?
These questions prompt me to think that to have ‘eyes that see’, to realise emptiness and a need for help, one needs divine intervention. It, simply, takes the Hand of God.
Also, I think that people are caught in these lies and struggles because the lies are easily bred by friends, popular culture etc. It becomes a vicious cycle of lie after lie, want after want, striving followed by another.
This, then, causes people to have a perspective/ belief that is wrong/fallen and yet so ingrained. With time it seems the truth and the only truth to them.
Finally, I think our approach to solve this issue is wrong. When I think about how the words of Paul impacted me it was not in a vacuum(it was not just a random verse about something that I was completely ignorant of),but a foundation of faith and abounding in God’s word made possible the revelation from those words. (I hope you relate)
This is also true for ‘having eyes that don’t see’. Allow me to say that those who don’t see don’t realise that they have eyes in the first place and that is the root of the issue.
So, let us maybe try to deal with the root of our longings and strivings.
Our constant pursuit for those things that don’t last is a symptom of a greater illness. According to many preachers, the root/ the illness is condemnation and we don’t realise it because it is subtle but it is condemnation. Even we Christians struggle with this.
So how do we solve for condemnation? How do we help our non-believing friends? It is by believing and speaking that we have been made righteous by The finished work of Christ on the cross. Thus, we rest knowing all has been paid for and all that is good and abundant is ours.
Resting and constantly reminding ourselves of the finished work of Christ!