Would it? Would it satisfy you?
If you had it all– the job, the closet, the family, the relationship, the salary, the small group, the organized plan for your life– would it fulfill those deep places in your heart?
Don’t say “no” because you think it’s the spiritually mature answer, I want us to really think through this. If we had our current list of desires, would we still want more? And once we had it, what would we do with it? What would it change?
Sure, the and the and the and the and the would make us smile for a moment, but how long would that last?
Eventually you would want the promotion, the fireworks would fade, your closet would go out of style, and even the vacation home wouldn’t be your answer…and once again, you would feel empty. Confused. Tired from chasing the glamour and the glamour still leaving you wanting.
How is it that your recipe for the “perfect life” still left you without peace?
But this should be of no surprise to us. Have you read the story of Solomon in the Bible? He was the wisest man that ever lived. He was also the richest man that ever lived (he received 25 tons of gold every year!!!). And do you know what he said at the end of his life? “Everything is meaningless. What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?” -Ecclesiastes 1:2-3
What does it all amount to? All that we work and strive for– what will it mean in 20 or 50 or 100 years? Certainly having more feels like we have it all, until we realize it’s not. Until we realize that what we were actually searching for was often disguised as things but it was really one thing: Jesus.
Isn’t that what we all desperately yearn for? Yes, our searches look different and our life stories each have their unique road maps, but I would bet that our “treasure” contains many of the same hopes. We hope our lives have meaning and purpose and significance. We hope to be people of courage and love and resilience. We hope that when we go, our legacy remains…isn’t that what you want?
So my prayer for us today is this: May we gain a heart of wisdom above all else, because then? Then, we have found life. And only then shall we know peace.